America’s Annual Costume Party

October 25, 2016  |  Category: Regulatory Updates

Next Monday evening the streets will be full of ghosts, gremlins and (Lady) Gaga’s. Obviously Halloween is an opportunity for kids to cavort about in costumes; it also presents a boondoggle for candy vendors, and a unique set of potential health hazards. Here are just a few of the conditions that healthcare providers should be prepared to treat – and code:

Choking on an apple while bobbing for apples — T17.220A (Food in pharynx causing asphyxiation, initial encounter)

Stomach ache from eating too much candy — R10.10 (Upper abdominal pain, unspecified)

Getting hurt by crazy zombie with a chainsaw — W29.3XXS (Contact w power garden and outdoor hand tools and machinery)

Finger cut on knife while carving pumpkins — W26.0XXA (Contact with knife, initial encounter)

Fainting from fear in a haunted house — R55.00 (Syncope and collapse)

Walking into a witch’s broom and hurting your leg — W22.0 (Striking against stationary object)

Burning your tongue on hot apple cider — K14.6 (burning tongue)

Hurting your back from hauling all your loot — M54.5 (lower back pain)

Shaving cream/silly string stinging the eyes — T26.40XA (Burn of unspecified eye and adnexa)

Breaking a tooth from biting into a hard piece of candy — K03.81 (Cracked tooth)

Here’s hoping everybody survives America’s annual costume party unscathed.

This post was written by PatientKeeper's TransforMED blogging team.