There's a Code for That! - ICD 10 Christmas Edition

By Maggie Cunningham

It's the time of snow and ice, trees and tinsel, naughty and nice. Yes, the holiday season has arrived, and with it, a unique set of accidents and hospital visits. Luckily, the most recent revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The updated lists holds more than 14,000 codes, 16,000 with optional sub-classifications, of diseases, symptoms, complaints and external causes of injury or disease. But we have narrowed this down to the top ten potential codes that our clinicians may need to know during the holiday and winter months.

1. icd101

I said 'ho ho ho' not 'go go go'!!!

2. icd102

Or was it just global warming?

3. icd103

Not worth it, unless the snowman whispers Christmas secrets into your ear.

4. icd104

In case you get triple-dog-dared!

5. icd105

We can fix your back, just DON'T BREAK THE ORNAMENTS!

6. icd106

Perhaps she'd been drinking too much eggnog?

7. icd107

When a nap just isn't going to cut it.

8. icd108

"You'll shoot your eye out," they warned.

9. icd109

Tinsel in a tangle? 

10. icd1010

Not everyone can pull off that 'bowl-of-jelly' laugh.

All jokes aside, some of these codes - such as holiday exhaustion, excessive eating, or falling while decorating a tree (or even the house) - may find themselves quite useful. We want to remind everyone to take extra caution while enjoying the holidays and winter season this year. And for all of our clinicians, print these out and stick them in a central location for helpful holiday reminders and a bit of good holiday cheer!