I recently posted about the absurdity of the new ICD-10 coding system, which features various crucial codes, such as “bitten by orca” and “sucked into jet engine.” In my usual sarcastic manner, I pointed out how silly the level of detail of the coding system is.
Well, I stand corrected after reading this article today. It appears that Harrison Ford was injured on the set of the new Star Wars film, when the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon starship fell on his ankle. Poor guy. He was airlifted to the hospital and is expected to do ok (and I must say that Harrison Ford is looking mighty good at 71).
But now we’re left with a conundrum. How should we code this encounter? See, using ICD 9, I would code it as 928.21 (crush injury, ankle). But now…there are so many choices! How about… W23.0XXA (Caught, crushed or pinched between inanimate objects). Oh, but wait. That code excludes inanimate mechanical forces involving military or war operations, so that’s out. I mean, the is Han Solo we’re talking about, and he’s fighting the forces of the Empire. So….Y36.101 (war operations involving destruction of an aircraft, civilian)? Maybe…
Wait! I’ve got it! V95.40XA (unspecified spacecraft accident injuring occupant, initial encounter)!!!
Whew. That was close. Thank heavens for ICD-10!