Smarter Digits in Healthcare: November 22, 2016


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Smarter Digits in Healthcare: November 22, 2016

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This week, Smarter Digits in Healthcare lightens up with a few fun Thanksgiving related data points.

W61.42

The ICD-10 code for “Struck by a Turkey.”  We are wondering if it’s specific to a live turkey, or if it includes a family member throwing the main dish across the table during a heated discussion.  If so, the visit might also include Z63.1, “Problems in relationship with in-laws.”

5X

According to data by Healthsparq, the average daily searches for emergency-related care increase 5 times on Thanksgiving day.  Searches for gastroenterology-related issues surge by 48% during Thanksgiving week.  We ask again, is that indigestion due to in-laws??

$15 Million

Though delicious, frying a turkey increases the risk of burns and fires.  The National Fire Protection Association reports that fires due to turkey fryers results in $15 million in claims each year.

3.5%

Black Friday shopping is slowly getting superseded by online shopping throughout the holiday season.  Business Insider reports that foot traffic in stores is expected to fall by 3.5% on Friday.  However, overall shopping, both online and in stores, is expected to increase by 3.6% to $655.8 billion this year.  Online shopping is expected to increase 7-10%, to close to $117 billion.  Hopefully a reduction in Black Friday mayhem will mean fewer cases of W52.XXXA, the ICD-10 Code for “Crushed, pushed or stepped on by crowd or human stampede, initial encounter.”

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