Despite the controversy surrounding ICD-10, there is one universally agreed-upon upside to the hyper-specific coding system: Weird and obscure codes that stand for bizarre medical injuries. Heck, there’s even a book with pictures: Struck by Orca: ICD-10 Illustrated.
Here’s a look at our top-10 list of the most bizarre codes that made their way into the federal code:
Y93.D: V91.07XD: Burn due to water-skis on fire, subsequent encounter.
Wait, what? How does this happen? Are water-skis even flammable?
R46.1: Bizarre personal appearance.
Take it easy fashion police, who gets to decide what constitutes “bizarre personal appearance”? Let the people do what they want!
W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.
No, not again? Put your smartphone down and pay attention to where you’re walking. You only get to do this once. If a patient is going around thumping into lampposts regularly, there is a deeper problem here, and he/she should be referred to psych immediately.
Z99.89: Dependence on enabling machines and devices, not elsewhere classified.
Please, see above.
V00.01XD: Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater, subsequent encounter.
First, we know everything vintage is coming back, but roller skates? Second, can you call a person on roller skates a pedestrian? Thirdly, if the answers to one and two are “yes,” then these things should be outlawed, because they are obviously dangerous.
Y93.D: Activities involved arts and handcrafts.
Hot glue guns and knitting needles definitely wouldn’t be allowed on a plane, yet we allow them in our homes. This is a public health crisis that needs to be addressed.
7. Z63.1: Problems in relationship with in-laws.
No explanation needed here.
W61.12XA: Struck by macaw, initial encounter.
We did some research and discovered that most species of Macaws are endangered—some are extinct in the wild—so if a patient has been struck by a macaw, chances are, it was the patient’s fault. Consider calling the SPCA and/or the police. The macaw needs to be found and treated immediately.
Y92.146: Swimming pool at prison as the place for occurrence of external cause
This came in as a close second to “day spa of prison as the place of occurrence.”
V97.33: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter.
Man that sucks, not once but twice.