care of JP drain

I have a patient with mastectomy with JP drains, would I use Z48.03-encounter for change or removal of drains? Doesn't seem appropriate as we are not changing or removing, but are teaching drain care, emptying etc. Would Z51.89 be more appropriate? (encounter for other specified aftercare)


  • My understanding is that you would use the Z48.03

    Arlene Poolman, RN
    Director of Clinical Services
    At Home Rehab

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  • edited May 2017
    My understanding is routine care included in the surg ac code, as we are not changing or removing. No addl code required for jp
  • If it is due to aftercare following surgery for neoplasm it is included in
    the code Z48.3.That is all you need to code.
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