Device

The sixth character of the Medical and Surgical Section is for the device. This is not true of all sections (for example, in the Radiation Oncology section the sixth character is for the use of isotopes). We are going to focus on the Medical and Surgical section (0) as that is what you will most commonly come across.

The devices in this section are meant to represent things that remain after the procedure are completed. If the device is removed prior to the completion of the procedure then we do not assign a device character (in this instance we would use character Z for no device)

Basically, you will come across four types of devices:

  1. Biological or synthetic material that takes the place of all or a portion of a body part - like a skin graft or joint prosthesis
  2. Therapeutic material that is not absorbed by, eliminated by, or incorporated into a body part - such as a radioactive implant, or orthopedic pins.
  3. Biological or synthetic material that assists or prevents a physiologic function - such as a urinary catheter or IUD
  4. Mechanical or electronic appliances used to assist, monitor, take the place of, or prevent a physiological function - such as a pacemaker or hearing aid.

 

Device characters within the Medical Surgical Section

Character

Device

0

Drainage Device

1

Radioactive element

2

Monitoring device

3

Infusion device

7

Autologous tissue substitute

C

Extraluminal device

D

Intraluminal device

J

Synthetic substitute

K

Nonautologous tissue substitute

L

Artificial sphincter

M

Electrode

Y

Other device

Z

No device

Some key terms to know:

 

*Spoiler alert - the most commonly used device will be character Z - no device.

 

Things like clips, ligatures, or sutures are NOT considered devices in this section.

 


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