Agitation with dementia

Created Jun 2012
Reviewed Dec 2019

Query

Can agitation be coded separately to dementia when sedation is given for it?

Response

Yes.  Based on clinical advice agitation is not an inevitable part of dementia.  Usually agitation is a sign that something else is going on (e.g. stress, medical problems), and therefore the cause should be coded and not the agitation.

If however there is no identifiable cause then agitation may be coded as an additional diagnosis if it meets the criteria in ACS 0002 Additional diagnoses.

Note: sedation is not coded when it is not administered for the purpose of anaesthesia.

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