Documentation Tip of the Week: Diabetic Coma

Posted on Wed, Nov 11, 2015
Documentation Tip of the Week: Diabetic Coma

Our weekly feature of documentation tips for clinicians.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

  • A diabetic coma is a life-threatening complication that causes unconsciousness
  • Unconsciousness codes to COMA in ICD-10
  • Definition of unconsciousness:
    • Not knowing or perceiving : Not aware
    • Free from self-awareness

Diabetic Coma:
  • Altered mental status should make the physician consider the diagnosis of diabetic coma in the uncontrolled diabetic with hypo or hyperglycemia.

Dr. Timothy Brundage is a hospitalist for EmCare at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dr. Brundage earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and molecular biology at the University of Michigan, his M.D. at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Subscribe to Dr. Brundage’s weekly documentation tips, or ask him about specific documentation issues, by emailing him at

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