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General Surgery Coding Alert

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Know Size, Location, Depth, Organism for Debridement Case

Question: One of our surgeons treated a patient with an abscessed wound on his left ankle by debriding the site and ordering a culture to identify any possible infectious organism. The area treated was about 12 sq cm and the debridement was “superficial,” according to the op note. The lab reported that the infecting organism was Staphylococcus aureus. How should we [...]