Sepsis codes

Codes that can be used to identify patients diagnosed with sepsis from routinely collected data.

Improving care of sepsis requires ongoing monitoring to identify areas for improvement and areas where services are performing well. The Sepsis Clinical Care Standard includes indicators to support local quality improvement activities. 

The Commission has compiled a list of ICD-10-AM 12th edition codes which can be used to identify patients coded with sepsis (Table 1). The list includes all codes which have the term ‘sepsis’ in their description. Use of this codeset is not mandatory and healthcare services may use alternative retrospective or prospective methods to identify patients with sepsis

Coding of sepsis relies on appropriate clinical documentation as strict rules must be followed when assigning codes. Healthcare services may need to audit and improve their clinical documentation and/or coding of sepsis. 

Table 1: ICD-10-AM 12th Edition sepsis codes - Version 1

Code Description
A02.1 Sepsis due to Salmonella
A03.7 Sepsis due to Shigella
A20.7 Sepsis due to plague
A21.7 Sepsis due to tularaemia
A22.7 Sepsis due to anthrax
A23.7 Sepsis due to Brucella
A24.7 Sepsis due to glanders and melioidosis
A26.7 Sepsis due to Erysipelothrix [erysipeloid] [rhusiopathiae]
A28.01 Sepsis due to Pasteurella, not elsewhere classified
A28.21 Sepsis due to extraintestinal yersiniosis
A32.7 Sepsis due to Listeria [monocytogenes]
A39.7 Sepsis due to Meningococcus
A40.0 Sepsis due to Streptococcus, group A
A40.1 Sepsis due to Streptococcus, group B
A40.21 Sepsis due to Streptococcus, group D
A40.22 Sepsis due to Enterococcus
A40.3 Sepsis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae
A40.8 Other streptococcal sepsis
A40.9 Streptococcal sepsis, unspecified
A41.0 Sepsis due to Staphylococcus aureus
A41.1 Sepsis due to other specified Staphylococcus
A41.2 Sepsis due to unspecified Staphylococcus
A41.3 Sepsis due to Haemophilus influenzae
A41.4 Sepsis due to anaerobes
A41.50 Sepsis due to unspecified Gram-negative organisms
A41.51 Sepsis due to Escherichia coli [E. Coli]
A41.52 Sepsis due to Pseudomonas
A41.58 Sepsis due to other Gram-negative organisms
A41.8 Sepsis due to other specified organism
A41.9 Sepsis, unspecified
A42.7 Sepsis due to actinomycosis
A54.7 Sepsis due to Gonococcus
B00.71 Sepsis due to herpesviral [herpes simplex] infection
B37.7 Sepsis due to Candida
O03.0 Spontaneous abortion, incomplete, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O03.5 Spontaneous abortion, complete or unspecified, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O04.0 Medical abortion, incomplete, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O04.5 Medical abortion, complete or unspecified, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O05.0 Other abortion, incomplete, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O05.5 Other abortion, complete or unspecified, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O06.0 Unspecified abortion, incomplete, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O06.5 Unspecified abortion, complete or unspecified, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O07.0 Failed medical abortion, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O07.5 Other and unspecified failed attempted abortion, complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis
O08.0 Genital tract and pelvic infection and sepsis following abortion and ectopic and molar pregnancy
O85 Puerperal sepsis
P36 Sepsis of newborn
R65.1 Severe sepsis