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sepsis

Melissa Posted Wed 19th of June, 2013 16:33:35 PM

if pt has uti with ecoli and bsi wit strep b and sepsis do I code BSI? I thought i was told by super coder if sepsis and bsi are used together you only use the sepsis. I believe this would be coded 041.02 038.42, 995.91, 599.0 or do i code 038.42 995.91 599.0 790.7 041.02? i guess im really confused about when to code BSI and when not to code BSI

Melissa Posted Wed 19th of June, 2013 16:35:27 PM

I also have a septic pt uti where both Blood and Urine have ecoli in it? would i code use both bacteremia 790.7 and 995.91?

SuperCoder Answered Thu 20th of June, 2013 14:12:34 PM

BSI is septicemia, as per ICD index. So you code 038.x (choose "x" as per infective org. OR code 038.9 if org. unspecified) and then code sepsis (995.91). I would go with first choice: 041.02 038.42, 995.91, 599.0

Need not code BSI separately here since BSI w/ strep B + Sepsis is already coded as septicemia + sepsis.

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