April 28, 2020

Diagnosing COVID-19

Clinical judgment is sufficient for COVID-19 diagnosis. When I was a third-year resident, in 1987, I saw a really sick kid in the ED. He was about 5 years old, had a fever of 104°, and was lethargic in his mother’s arms. His eyes were swollen and infected, and he…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the last installment in a two-part series on the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set.Assigning secondary or “other” diagnoses was a source of confusion in ICD-9 and remains so in ICD-10 today. The Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set, or UHDDS, is used for reporting inpatient data…