Non-specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 949
Burn unspecified site
  • 2015
  • Non-Billable Code

  • There are 6 ICD-9-CM codes below 949 that define this diagnosis in greater detail. Do not use this code on a reimbursement claim.
Clinical Information
  • A burn is damage to your body's tissues caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns. Another kind is an inhalation injury, caused by breathing smoke.there are three types of burns:
    • first-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
    • second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
    • third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath
    burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin's protective barrier. Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections. After a third-degree burn, you need skin or synthetic grafts to cover exposed tissue and encourage new skin to grow. First- and second-degree burns usually heal without grafts. nih: national institute of general medical sciences
  • A finding of impaired integrity to the anatomic site of an adverse thermal reaction. Burns can be caused by exposure to chemicals, direct heat, electricity, flames and radiation. The extent of damage depends on the length and intensity of exposure and time until provision of treatment
  • A traumatic injury involving interruption of tissue cohesiveness that results from exposure to caustic chemicals, extreme heat, extreme cold or excessive radiation
  • Damage inflicted on any part of an organism as the direct or indirect result of exposure to steam, chemicals, heat, flame, electricity or the like, with or without disruption of structural continuity; for burns due to overexposure to the sun use sunburn
  • Generic burn injury, including that due to excessive heat, as well as cauterization, friction, electricity, radiation, sunlight, and other causes
  • Injuries to tissues caused by contact with heat, steam, chemicals (burns, chemical), electricity (burns, electric), or the like
  • Injury to tissues caused by contact with dry heat, moist heat, flames, chemicals, electricity, friction or radiant and electromagnetic energy. A first degree burn is associated with redness, a second degree burn with vesication and a third degree burn with necrosis through the entire skin
949 Includes
  • burn NOS
  • multiple burns NOS
949 Excludes
  • burn of unspecified site but with statement of the extent of body surface involved (948.0-948.9)
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