Billable Medical Code for Open Wound(s) (Multiple) of Unspecified Site(s), Without Mention of Complication
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 879.8
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 879.8.
The Short Description Is: Open wound site NOS.
Non healing wound is also known as accidental needle stick, accidental needle stick injury, accidental needle stick w body fluid exposure, accidental needle stick with exposure to body fluids,
degloving injury, gunshot wound, laceration, laceration – injury, open wound, open wound by needle stick with body fluid exposure, puncture wound, puncture wound – injury, and wound from gunshot. This applies to multiple open wounds NOS and open wound NOS.
Non Healing Wound Definition and Symptoms
A non healing wound is a wound that shows little to no improvement over a prolonged period of time. A non healing wound poses many risks including increase risk of infection and possibly the loss of a limb.