10 of 2016's bizarre, yet common ICD-10 codes

Amino, a San Francisco-based healthcare data company, set out to see how many of the most unlikely ICD-10 codes were actually used in 2016.  

The illustrated book "Struck by Orca," which popularized some of ICD-10's more bizarre medical diagnosis classifications, served as an inspiration for Amino's pet project: To sort through 9 billion claims to find which of the most bizarre were used last year. Fortunately, none from "Struck by Orca" were needed in 2016, but a handful of other weird codes were used — more frequently than expected.

Here are 10 strange, yet commonly used ICD-10 codes used in 2016, according to Amino's research.

  1. Walked into furniture (W2203) — 25,500 patients
  2. Walked into wall (W2201) — 17,200 patients
  3. Accidental bite by another person (W503) — 10,600 patients
  4. Contact with workbench tool (W270) — 8,900 patients
  5. Contact with powered lawn mower (W28) — 3,400 patients
  6. Contact with nail gun (W294) — 2,200 patients
  7. Struck by cow (W5522) — 1,700 patients
  8. Crushed, pushed or stepped on by crowd or human stampede (W52) — 1,300 patients
  9. Contact with sword or dagger (W261) — 600 patients
  10. Struck by chicken (W6132) — 200 patients

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