This course will provide an overview of pertinent anatomy as well as the root operations and coding tips for assigning PCS codes to trauma-related procedures. Lesson 1 provides a brief review of body systems often impacted by trauma – namely, skin, subcutaneous tissue, musculoskeletal structures, and certain internal organs. Lesson 2 focuses on the root operations most often used when building PCS codes for trauma-related procedures. Lesson 3 will describe several of those procedures, ranging from those that are fairly minor to major life-saving procedures involving severe trauma.



Lesson 1: Anatomy of Body Systems Affected by Trauma

  • Identify the layers of skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • Identify the structures of the hip, knee, shoulder and foot
  • Distinguish between peritoneal from retroperitoneal organs

Lesson 2: Root Operations in Trauma Coding

  • Name a root operation that is associated with repairing traumatic amputations and avulsions
  • Identify two root operations commonly associated with trauma and two that are not commonly trauma-related

Lesson 3: Trauma-Related Procedures

  • Assign the PCS code for repair of an avulsed kidney
  • Identify the root operations for some common trauma-related procedures

Target Audience

  • Facility Coders (inpatient/outpatient)
  • Professional Fee Coders
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Professionals
  • Students

CE Credits

This program has been approved for 1 continuing education unit for use in fulfilling the continued education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

This program has the prior approval of the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1 continuing education hour. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Purchasing Details

  • Upon purchase, you will have a 6-month subscription to this course. This will allow you the opportunity to complete and review as often as you like for 6 months.
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