Our hospital has been ready to use ICD-10 from its original starting date last year so we are set to go. The hospital's electronic medical record has already converted all previous ICD-9 codes into ICD-10 codes. Sometimes when I'm bored, I just type in random activities into the computer to see what kind of ICD diagnoses have been classified by the WHO.
Other modern day health concerns include the overuse of video games. Here, inflammation of your joints caused by playing Nintendo actually has its own code.
Heavy users of the Playstation also get a category in our EMR's list of medical difficulties.
Xbox users are out of luck. Your inflamed, gnarled hands are not considered significant enough to be categorized by the WHO.
This raises the question of how the WHO decides which health concerns are important enough for the group to assign a specific ICD code. For instance:
Getting struck or bitten by a dolphin carries its own specific ICD number. Don't laugh. You don't have to work at Sea World for it to happen.
However, if you get injured by a whale, the WHO doesn't think that deserves its own diagnosis.
And if you work near large aquatic reptiles down in the bayou, you better know whether the one that bit your patient belongs to
That is just a miniscule amount of medical problems that ICD-10 attempts to organize. Is it a quixotic endeavor to attempt to classify every single medical problem? The bureaucrats at the WHO are certainly giving it their best shot. In the meantime, their work can be used for an entertaining amusement when you are bored out of your mind in the middle of a long tedious case. Makes you realize how lucky you are you haven't fallen down the stairs of a boat while playing your Nintendo DS.