2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W74

Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • W74 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM W74 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of W74 - other international versions of ICD-10 W74 may differ.
ICD-10-CM Coding Rules
  • W74 describes the circumstance causing an injury, not the nature of the injury.
Applicable To
  • Drowning NOS
The following code(s) above W74 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 W74:
  • V00-Y99
    2020 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
    2020 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
Clinical Information
  • Death that occurs as a result of anoxia or heart arrest, associated with immersion in liquid.
  • If you are under water long enough, your lungs fill with water and oxygen cannot get into your blood. A lack of blood oxygen can cause brain damage and death. Water in the lungs, especially contaminated water, can damage the lungs.people can drown in as little as an inch or two of water. Babies can drown in a sink or bathtub. Most preschooler drownings occur in swimming pools. People who have seizure disorders are also at risk in the water. Drowning can happen quickly and silently. Drowning precautions should include
    • fences around pools
    • supervising children near any body of water, including tubs
    • not swimming or boating when under the influence of alcohol or sedatives
    • wearing life jackets when boating
    • learning cpr
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
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change

External Cause Index entries containing back-references to W74:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To W74
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
W74.XXXS Unspecified cause of accidental drowning and submersion, sequela
W85 Exposure to electric transmission lines
W85.XXXA Exposure to electric transmission lines, initial encounter
W85.XXXD Exposure to electric transmission lines, subsequent encounter
W85.XXXS Exposure to electric transmission lines, sequela
W86 Exposure to other specified electric current
W86.0 Exposure to domestic wiring and appliances
W86.0XXA …… initial encounter

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.