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Coding for Burns

Assign the correct code for the diagnostic statement:
2nd degree burns on front of right lower leg (9%) and 3rd degree burn on front of right forearm (4-1/2 %). No involvement of wrist and hand.

This activity contains 14 questions.

Question 1.
Where is the most severe burn?

 
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Question 2.
You will code the most severe burn first. What is the main term you need to look up in the index?

 
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Question 3.
What is the subterm for the site of the most severe burn?

 
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Question 4.
Look for the subterm of the subterm that gives you the severity of the burn.

 
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Question 5.
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What code number is given?  
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Question 6.
Verify this code in the tabular list.

What does the 4th digit 943.3 represent?

 
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Question 7.
What does the 5th digit represent?

 
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Question 8.
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Now you will code for the less severe site, the leg. Return to the index and look up the entry for Burn, leg, lower, second degree. What code number is given?  

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Question 9.
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Finally you need to code the percent of TBSA involved, and the percent of third degree burns. TBSA means:  
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Question 10.
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Based on the percentages in the diagnostic statement above, what is the percent TBSA?  

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Question 11.
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Look at category 948 Burns classified according to extent of body surface involved, in your tabular list. What is the four digit code for the TBSA?  

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Question 12.
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What is the correct 5th digit (0 - 9) that represents the percent of TBSA with third degree burns?  
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Question 13.
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Add on this 5th digit to the four digit code above, for the complete code for TBSA.  

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Question 14.
Now, sequence the codes correctly.

 
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