Overdose patients at Vancouver hospital to get take-home opioid medication
Touted as a first for Canadian emergency departments, physicians at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver will send overdose victims home with enough Suboxone for three days of treatment.
Donna Davis, a licensed practical nurse, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, came across a man who overdose on heroin. After administering Narcan and performing CPR, he began breathing again.
Conclusions: The primary goal of pharmacodynamic monitoring is to optimize the response, but it can also have an impact on safety, costs, patient adherence, etc. Ideally, the constant remote monitoring of patient-reported disease activity is expected to become the standard, facilitated by mHealth technologies.
(University of Texas at San Antonio) James Bray, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Psychology, is working on a research project with agencies in Houston to train first responders in how to detect prescription opioid overdoses and provide life-saving outreach services.
Conclusions: Bivariate mapping can enable geographic targeting of resources to address the opioid crisis and related infectious disease by identifying areas with low LHD services relative to high disease burden.
PMID: 30884508 [PubMed - in process]
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We present two patients who were treated for an intentional overdose of sodium nitrite. When ingested sodium nitrite leads to severe methaemoglobinaemia, resulting in severe hypoxia (as methaemoglobin does not transport oxygen), vasodilation and hypotensio...
A new study suggests that doctors treating drug overdose cases should be on the lookout for abnormal brain swelling, which can be treated if discovered early.