The environmental event, circumstance or condition as the cause of injury, poisoning and other adverse effect, as represented by a code.
Guide for use:
This code must be used in conjunction with an injury or poisoning code and can be used with other disease codes. Admitted patients should be coded to the complete ICD-10-AM classification.
An external cause code should be sequenced following the related injury or poisoning code, or following the group of codes, if more than one injury or condition has resulted from this external cause. Provision should be made to record more than one external cause if appropriate. External cause codes in the range W00 to Y34, except Y06 and Y07 must be accompanied by a place of occurrence code.
External cause codes V01 to Y34 must be accompanied by an activity code.Origin:
National Centre for Classification in Health
National Data Standards for Injury Surveillance Advisory Group
National Health Data CommitteeComments:
Enables categorisation of injury and poisoning according to factors important for injury control. This information is necessary for defining and monitoring injury control targets, injury costing and identifying cases for in-depth research. It is also used as a quality of care indicator of adverse patient outcomes.
An extended activity code is being developed in consultation with the National Injury Surveillance Unit, Flinders University, Adelaide.
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