Reference 2019-36

REF:           2019-36

Subject:       Spider Bites

 

Request:

I’m looking for information on spider bites, and I ask for the following information.

– How many patients have you treated for suspected and/or diagnosed spider bites in the last five years?

– Can I please have a yearly breakdown on those figures for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

– Can I please request a brief description of the treatment carried out, date of treatment, age and gender of the patient.

– Where possible, can you indicate what type of spider was suspected of causing the bite?

 

 

Response:

There has been no venomous spider bites recorded within the timeframe requested. Based on diagnosis codes:

 

Toxic effect of contact with venomous spider – T63.3

Contact with venomous spider – X21

 

Non venomous spider bites aren’t coded to a level of detail sufficient to answer the question. The diagnosis code used is ‘Bitten or stung by nonvenomous insect and other nonvenomous arthropod – W57’.