-In the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to share an ICD-10 coding gift that I enjoyed.

“The Night Before Christmas”

Twas the night before Christmas, when all

 through the house.  Not a creature was

 stirring, not even a mouse.

     W53.09XA Other contact with mouse, initial



The stockings were hung by the chimney

 with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon

 would be there.

     X06.2XXA Exposure to ignition of other

clothing and apparel, initial encounter


The children were nestled all snug in their

 beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced

 in their heads.

     Y93.84 Activity, sleeping


And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my

cap, had just settled down for a long

 winter’s nap.

     W93.2XXA Prolong exposure in deep freeze

unit or refrigerator, initial encounter


When out on the lawn there arose such a

 clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what

 was the matter.

     W42.9XXA Exposure to other noise, initial encounter


Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore

open the shutters and threw up the sash.

     W13.4XXA Fall from, out of or through

window, initial encounter


The moon on the breast of the new-fallen

snow, gave the lustre of mid-day to objects


     X37.2XXA Blizzard (snow) (ice), initial



When what to my wondering eyes should

appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight

tiny reindeer.

     R44.1 Visual hallucinations


With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I

knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

     F22 Delusional disorder


Boynton, A. (2012).  A Holiday Coding Gift to

You.  Coding Edge, 23(12), 9