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Electrical Injury S022

Last amended 
29 June 2015
Current RMA Instruments:
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
31 of 2009
Balance of Probabilities SOP
32 of 2009
Changes from Previous Instruments:

SOP Bulletin 134

ICD Coding:
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 994.0, 994.8
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: T75.0, T75.4

This SOP covers both the effects of lightning and injury due to electric shock/electrocution from a man made source.

Is specific diagnostic evidence required to apply the SOP? - Yes.

This diagnosis requires at least one of the conditions listed in the SOP definition to be present within 30 days of exposure to electric current. Although the injuries occur at the time of the exposure they may not become apparent until some time later.

Are there sub-factors that require specific diagnostic information? - No.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Electric current injury from implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, and spinal stimulators
  • Electric shock due to alternating or direct current
  • Electrical burns
  • Electrocution
  • Injury from lightning ground potential rise
  • Injury from lightning side flashes
  • Struck by lightning
Conditions excluded from SOP
  • Acoustic trauma or barotrauma arising from high voltage arcing / thunder
  • Claimed effects of electric or magnetic field radiation
  • Claimed injury from electrostatic currents
Unconfirmed diagnosis

If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then:

  1. seek medical officer advice about further investigation, or;
  2. generate a diagnostic report, or;
  3. re-encode the condition, if appropriate.