Debridement of Burn Wound

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August 22, 2013

Question:

Our trauma surgeon documented that he performed a subcutaneous debridement of a 15 sq. cm third degree burn to the left foot. We are unsure if we should report 11042 or a burn code?

Answer:

Thanks for your inquiry. The appropriate CPT code range will be found in the burn section, 16020-16030. These codes define treatment of partial thickness burns and include any debridement services and dressing changes. CPT defines the burn codes (16020-16030) based on size (small, medium and large) and further defined by the percentage of the total body surface area involved.