Cracking the Code
Sequencing Multiple Injuries
When a patient presents to the hospital for treatment of multiple injuries, it is appropriate to code all of the injuries for accurate reporting purposes. All of the injuries should be reported separately unless there is a combination diagnosis code provided for those conditions. The injury that is sequenced first is the injury that is determined by the physician and focus of treatment to be the most serious.
S43.52XA, Sprain of left acromioclavicular joint, initial encounter