Concerned parents often seek reassurance from pediatricians when their children experience the bumps and bruises of childhood. Finding diagnoses for these injuries will change a bit with the transition to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) classifies injuries first by type of injury and then body part; for example, all superficial injuries such as abrasions, blisters, and bug bites are found in categories 910–919 with subcategories for body areas. In ICD-10-CM, injuries are classified according to body part and then type of injury; for example, injuries to the head are reported with codes in categories S00–S09 with subcategories for types of injuries.

These categories begin with codes for superficial injuries. Types of superficial injuries included here are abrasions, nonthermal blisters, contusions, external constriction, superficial foreign body, insect bites, and other superficial bites.

ICD-10-CM guidelines provide a few...

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