Are we talking term infants or premature?
Neonatal respiratory insufficiency will code out as neonatal respiratory failure (P28.5).
Using the encoder:
Insufficiency ---> Respiratory ---> Newborn ---> Respiratory failure of the newborn
My physicians don't often use respiratory insufficiency as the general thought is there is no known definition for respiratory insufficiency. Respiratory insufficiency codes out to respiratory failure only in the neonatal population. If old than a neonate, i.e., greater than 28 days old, then I would query for more specificity for the respiratory status. Hope this helps,
Bridgeman MSN, RN, CCDS
University of South Carolina