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tourniquet removal

Regina Posted Tue 08th of May, 2012 20:04:39 PM

5 mo old baby presents to ED with hair tourniquet around finger. Would this procedure be included in E/M?

Procedure: hair tourniquet cut off left fourth distal phalanx using curved scissors with total removal of multiple strands of hair.

SuperCoder Answered Tue 08th of May, 2012 20:32:37 PM

Hello - It sounds as if it wasn't subcutaneous, so, yes, include the removal in the E/M.

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