AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 4; New/Revised ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes

Acute Respiratory Distress

Code R06.03, Acute respiratory distress, was created to separate acute respiratory distress from the life-threatening condition, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). ARDS is a rapidly progressive disorder that has symptoms of dyspnea, tachypnea, and hypoxemia. Fluid builds up in the alveoli and lowers the amount of oxygen that is circulated through the bloodstream. Low levels of oxygen in the blood threatens organ function. ARDS is often associated with sepsis, pneumonia, trauma and aspiration. The majority of people who develop ARDS are already in the hospital in critical condition from some other health complication. The focus of treatment is...

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