Review of mechanical ventilation

Created Dec 2017
Reviewed Dec 2019

Query

We have several patients who are admitted to Starship for ‘review of their long term mechanical ventilation’ who do not have a tracheostomy insitu.

The Coding Rule Q2719 Management of tracheostomy (published June 2013) indicates that Z43.0 Attention to tracheostomy would be appropriate for patients who have a tracheostomy in situ.  But we are not sure which code to use for the patients who do not have a tracheostomy.

Response

Z51.88 Other specified medical care is the most appropriate diagnosis code to assign following the ICD-10-AM Alphabetic Index:

Aftercare
- specified type NEC Z51.88

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