AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2013 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Mechanical Ventilation Using Patient's Equipment

We have a patient with progressive muscular dystrophy dependent on mechanical ventilation at night and as needed during the day, who was admitted to the hospital in acute on chronic respiratory failure with acute tracheobronchitis. While in the hospital, the patient was able to connect to his own ventilator via his tracheostomy tube. The respiratory therapist did follow the patient during his stay. Since the patient is using his own ventilator, should we report the ventilator procedure code?   ...

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