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.
I said 'ho ho ho' not 'go go go'!!!
Or was it just global warming?
Not worth it, unless the snowman whispers Christmas secrets into your ear.
In case you get triple-dog-dared!
We can fix your back, just DON'T BREAK THE ORNAMENTS!
Perhaps she'd been drinking too much eggnog?
When a nap just isn't going to cut it.
"You'll shoot your eye out," they warned.
Tinsel in a tangle?
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!