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Volume 7, Number 5—October 2001

Epidemiology of and Surveillance for Postpartum Infections

Deborah S. Yokoe*Comments to Author , Cindy L. Christiansen†, Ruth Johnson‡, Kenneth Sands§, James Livingston*, Ernest S. Shtatland†, and Richard Platt*†
Author affiliations: *Channing Laboratory and Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; †Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, MA, USA; ‡Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston, MA, USA; §Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

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Table 1

Ambulatory record codes used to screen postpartum medical encounters for infections

Screening code data source Description
ICD-9 diagnosis codesa
670.02 Major puerperal infection, with postpartum complication
670.04 Major puerperal infection, postpartum condition or complication
599.0 Urinary tract infection
674.34 Other obstetrical complication
675.14 Postpartum breast abscess
675.24 Postpartum nonpurulent mastitis
998.5 Postoperative infection
Ambulatory medical records
 COSTAR diagnosis codes
DA140 Fever of unknown origin
DC150 Cellulitis
DC408 Abscess
DH140 Mastitis
DL101 Urinary tract infection
DM153 Endometritis
DR180 Wound infection
 COSTAR therapy or test codes
RR240 Incision and drainage
RT223 Bacterial culture taken
RY828 Fever control instruction
TB555 Blood culture
TB800 Wound culture

aHospital claims from delivery admission or any readmission within 30 days or emergency department claims. ICD-9 = International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, clinical modification, 3rd edition.

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