ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 873.8

Open wound of head NEC

Diagnosis Code 873.8

ICD-9: 873.8
Short Description: Open wound of head NEC
Long Description: Other and unspecified open wound of head without mention of complication
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 873.8

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning (800–999)
    • Open wound of head, neck, and trunk (870-879)
      • 873 Other open wound of head

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Animal bite wound of head
  • Animal bite wound of head and neck
  • Cut of head
  • Cut of head and neck
  • Degloving injury of head
  • Degloving injury of head and neck
  • Dog bite of head
  • Dog bite of head and neck
  • Fishing hook in head
  • Human bite of head
  • Human bite of head and neck
  • Laceration of head
  • Laceration of head and neck
  • Nail wound of head
  • Nail wound of head and neck
  • Needle stick injury of head
  • Needle stick injury of head and neck
  • Open wound of head
  • Open wound of head AND/OR neck
  • Open wound of head without complication
  • Open wound of head, neck and trunk
  • Open wounds involving head with neck
  • Puncture wound of eye region
  • Puncture wound of head
  • Puncture wound of head and neck
  • Stab wound of head
  • Stab wound of head and neck
  • Superficial laceration of head

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 873.8 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Wounds and Injuries

Also called: Traumatic injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include

  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains

  • Amputation - traumatic
  • Animal bites -- self-care
  • Bleeding
  • Closed suction drain with bulb
  • Crush injury
  • Cuts and puncture wounds
  • Electrical injury
  • Gunshot wounds -- aftercare
  • Hemovac drain
  • How wounds heal
  • Human bites -- self-care
  • Laceration - sutures or staples - at home
  • Lacerations - liquid bandage
  • Nail injuries
  • Skin flaps and grafts -- self-care
  • Sterile technique
  • Sternal exploration or closure
  • Surgical wound care
  • Surgical wound care -- closed
  • Surgical wound infection - treatment
  • Wet to dry dressing changes
  • Wound care centers

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