Monday, September 8, 2014

Drowning in a bucket of water is NOT funny, NOT zany, NOT wacky and NOT bizarre!

Many people and companies think that ICD-10 code W16.221 – “Fall into a bucket of water, causing drowning and submersion” is "funny," "zany," “wacky" and/or "bizarre.”  

Death by drowning is none of those adjectives.

Unfortunately infants and toddlers do drown in buckets – way more often than people might think. And the buckets don't have to be very big.

Most responsible parents know this and don’t leave buckets of water out while infants and toddlers are nearby. This ICD-10 code is consistently listed among the “wacky” and “funny” codes and there’s nothing funny about anyone drowning – especially an infant or toddler. Anywhere from 10 to 40 children a year drown in buckets nationwide. Check out the following and let me know how funny, zany, wacky and bizarre drowning in a bucket sounds.

Though rare, common household buckets responsible for child drowning deaths

Bucket-Related Drownings in the United States, 1984 Through 1990

Infants & Toddlers Can Drown in 5-Gallon Buckets

Buckets can kill small children

WARNING: An Unsuspected Cause of Infant & Toddler Drownings

For all those who want to make fun of ICD-10 codes, please stick with Z63.1 Problems with In-laws or V97.33 Sucked into a jet engine.

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