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External Cause of Injury Coding

The North Carolina Medical Society supports recording of external cause of injury codes (e-codes) in the hospital discharge database (HDD) and emergency department database (NC DETECT) for each emergency department visit or hospital admission for which an injury is one of the diagnoses, and to ensure that the first-listed external cause code should be related directly to the principal injury diagnosis.

(Report E-2008, adopted 10/19/2008)
(reaffirmed, Reaffirmation Report-2013, Item 57, adopted 10/26/2013)
(reaffirmed, Board Report-2018, Item 178, adopted 11/3/2018)