ICD-9 Diagnosis Code E988.1

Undeterm circ-burn, fire

Diagnosis Code E988.1

ICD-9: E988.1
Short Description: Undeterm circ-burn, fire
Long Description: Injury by burns or fire, undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code E988.1

Code Classification
  • External causes of injury (V)
    • Injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted (E980-E989)
      • E988 Injury by other and unspecified means, undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted

Information for Patients


A burn is damage to your body's tissues caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns. Another kind is an inhalation injury, caused by breathing smoke.

There are three types of burns:

  • First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
  • Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
  • Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath

Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin's protective barrier. Treatment for burns depends on the cause of the burn, how deep it is, and how much of the body it covers. Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections. For more serious burns, treatment may be needed to clean the wound, replace the skin, and make sure the patient has enough fluids and nutrition.

NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • Burns
  • Chemical burn or reaction
  • Minor burns - aftercare
  • Skin graft

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