Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Job Classification

In most duration tables, five job classifications are displayed. These job classifications are based on the amount of physical effort required to perform the work. The classifications correspond to the Strength Factor classifications described in the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The following definitions are quoted directly from that publication.

Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum


Related Terms

  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Metabolic Disturbance

Differential Diagnosis

Specialists

  • Gynecologist
  • Internal Medicine Physician
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Comorbid Conditions

  • Helicobacter-pylori infection
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Multiple gestation
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Pyridoxine deficiency

Factors Influencing Duration

The severity of symptoms and response to treatment influence the length of disability.

Medical Codes

ICD-9-CM:
643 - Excessive Vomiting in Pregnancy
643.0 - Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Mild or Unspecified
643.01 - Mild Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Delivered
643.03 - Mild Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Antepartum
643.1 - Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Metabolic Disturbance
643.10 - Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Metabolic Disturbance, Unspecified as to Episode of Care or Not Applicable
643.11 - Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Metabolic Disturbance, Delivered, with or without Mention of Antepartum Condition
643.13 - Hyperemesis Gravidarum with Metabolic Disturbance, Antepartum
643.2 - Vomiting of Pregnancy, Late
643.20 - Vomiting of Pregnancy, Late, Unspecified as to Episode of Care or Not Applicable
643.21 - Vomiting of Pregnancy, Late, Delivered, with or without Mention of Antepartum Condition
643.23 - Vomiting of Pregnancy, Late, Antepartum Condition or Complication
643.8 - Vomiting Complicating Pregnancy, Other; Vomiting as Reason for Obstetric Care During Pregnancy
643.80 - Vomiting Complicating Pregnancy, Other, Unspecified as to Episode of Care or Not Applicable
643.81 - Vomiting Complicating Pregnancy, Other, Delivered, with or without Mention of Antepartum Condition
643.83 - Vomiting Complicating Pregnancy, Other, Antepartum Condition or Complication
643.9 - Vomiting of Pregnancy, Unspecified
643.90 - Early or Threatened Labor, Antepartum Condition or Complication
643.91 - Vomiting of Pregnancy, Unspecified, Delivered, with or without Mention of Antepartum Condition
643.93 - Unspecified Vomiting in Pregnancy; Antepartum Condition or Complication

Ability to Work (Return to Work Considerations)

Hospitalization may be required until dehydration and electrolyte imbalances are successfully treated; in severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary for an average of 2 to 4 days (Wilcox). Individuals may require many breaks during the workday to consume frequent small, bland meals. Nausea and vomiting can be triggered by odors. Individuals who work in an environment subject to odors may need to be assigned different duties on a temporary basis. Once women begin to gain weight, they usually can resume normal duties for the duration of the pregnancy.

Source: Medical Disability Advisor






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