AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2018 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Mechanical Ventilation Using Patient’s Equipment

A patient with progressive muscular dystrophy, who is “vent dependent” at night and uses mechanical ventilation as needed during the day, is admitted to the hospital with acute on chronic respiratory failure. While in the hospital, the patient was connected to his own ventilator equipment via his tracheostomy tube. The respiratory therapist evaluated and monitored the patient throughout the hospitalization. Would it be appropriate to assign an ICD-10-PCS code for the use of the patient’s ventilator? ...

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