2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W69

Accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • W69 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM W69 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of W69 - other international versions of ICD-10 W69 may differ.
ICD-10-CM Coding Rules
  • W69 describes the circumstance causing an injury, not the nature of the injury.
Applicable To
  • Accidental drowning and submersion while in lake
  • Accidental drowning and submersion while in open sea
  • Accidental drowning and submersion while in river
  • Accidental drowning and submersion while in stream
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as W69. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • accidental drowning and submersion due to fall into natural body of water (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.111

    Fall into natural body of water striking water surface causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without fall (W69)
    W16.111
    ,
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.121

    Fall into natural body of water striking bottom causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without fall (W69)
    W16.121
    ,
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.131

    Fall into natural body of water striking side causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without fall (W69)
    W16.131
    )
The following code(s) above W69 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to W69:
  • V00-Y99
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range V00-Y99

    External causes of morbidity

    Note
    • This chapter permits the classification of environmental events and circumstances as the cause of injury, and other adverse effects. Where a code from this section is applicable, it is intended that it shall be used secondary to a code from another chapter of the Classification indicating the nature of the condition. Most often, the condition will be classifiable to Chapter 19, Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88). Other conditions that may be stated to be due to external causes are classified in Chapters I to XVIII. For these conditions, codes from Chapter 20 should be used to provide additional information as to the cause of the condition.
    External causes of morbidity
  • W65-W74
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range W65-W74

    Accidental non-transport drowning and submersion

    Type 1 Excludes
    • accidental drowning and submersion due to fall into water (W16.-)
    • accidental drowning and submersion due to water transport accident (V90.-, V92.-)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • accidental drowning and submersion due to cataclysm (X34-X39)
    Accidental non-transport drowning and submersion
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to W69:
  • Type 1 Excludes: W16.111
    , W16.121
    , W16.131
    , W16.611
    , W16.621
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.111

    Fall into natural body of water striking water surface causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without fall (W69)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.121

    Fall into natural body of water striking bottom causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without fall (W69)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.131

    Fall into natural body of water striking side causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without fall (W69)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.611

    Jumping or diving into natural body of water striking water surface causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without jumping or diving (W69)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W16.621

    Jumping or diving into natural body of water striking bottom causing drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • drowning and submersion while in natural body of water without jumping or diving (W69)

External Cause Index entries containing back-references to W69:
  • Drowning (accidental) W74
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W74

    Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Drowning NOS

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To W69
W64.XXXD Exposure to other animate mechanical forces, subsequent encounter
W64.XXXS Exposure to other animate mechanical forces, sequela
W65 Accidental drowning and submersion while in bath-tub
W65.XXXA Accidental drowning and submersion while in bath-tub, initial encounter
W65.XXXD Accidental drowning and submersion while in bath-tub, subsequent encounter
W65.XXXS Accidental drowning and submersion while in bath-tub, sequela
W67 Accidental drowning and submersion while in swimming-pool
W67.XXXA Accidental drowning and submersion while in swimming-pool, initial encounter
W67.XXXD Accidental drowning and submersion while in swimming-pool, subsequent encounter
W67.XXXS Accidental drowning and submersion while in swimming-pool, sequela
W69 Accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water
W69.XXXA Accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water, initial encounter
W69.XXXD Accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water, subsequent encounter
W69.XXXS Accidental drowning and submersion while in natural water, sequela
W73 Other specified cause of accidental non-transport drowning and submersion
W73.XXXA Other specified cause of accidental non-transport drowning and submersion, initial encounter
W73.XXXD Other specified cause of accidental non-transport drowning and submersion, subsequent encounter
W73.XXXS Other specified cause of accidental non-transport drowning and submersion, sequela
W74 Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion
W74.XXXA Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion, initial encounter
W74.XXXD Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion, subsequent encounter

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