AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Major Puerperal Infection

Effective October 1, 2009, code 670, Major puerperal infection, has been revised and expanded to a subcategory that uniquely distinguishes unspecified major puerperal infection (670.0), puerperal endometritis (670.1), puerperal sepsis (670.2), puerperal septic thrombophlebitis (670.3), and other major puerperal infection (670.8). Puerperal infection refers to a bacterial infection following childbirth. An estimated 2% to 4% of new mothers who deliver vaginally suffer some form of puerperal infection, but for cesarean sections, the figure is 5-10 times higher. A woman's susceptibility to developing an infection is also related to other factors such as extended labor...

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