21030-Opioid Overdoses

1/ The annual number of callouts for opioid overdoses for each of the last five calendar years, including 2018.

2/ The annual number of opioid overdoses attended for each of the last five calendar years, including 2018.

  • Reference:
    21030
  • Response:

    1/ The annual number of callouts for opioid overdoses for each of the last five calendar years, including 2018.

    2/ The annual number of opioid overdoses attended for each of the last five calendar years, including 2018.

    Please see the Trust's response attached.

    Please note that while there is a specific AMPDS Code set for “Overdose / Poisoning (Ingestion) - Narcotics (heroin, tramadol, methadone, (dihydro)codeine, etc.)”, we cannot separate out Methadone from this dataset, which is a synthetic Opioid, so this has been included.

    It is important to note that incidents are coded based on the information provided by the caller.  There may be a number of Opioid related cases listed under the more commonly used general overdose codes that do not specify a drug type or another incident code, for example, falls etc.  This will be the case where the caller did not specify that an Opioid was involved.

    3/ The annual number of opioid overdoses attended where the patient died for each of the last five calendar years, including 2018.

    If a patient did die whilst in our care or prior to our arrival then this would be recorded on the Patient Care Record form; a PCR is produced for each patient we attend to.  To locate and collate the number of patient deaths we would have to look through each PCR to determine whether Opioids were mentioned and whether it was recorded that the patient died.  The Trust has determined that this would take over the 18 hour limit laid down in the Freedom of Information Act and we therefore we are applying exemption s.12 to this part of your request

    It is important to note that even if Opioids were mentioned on the PCR of a patient who died prior to arrival or in whilst in our care, this does not necessarily mean that this was as a result of an overdose.  In addition, if the patient died after they were handed over to the hospital we would not have a record of this either.

    4/ The highest known number of attendances made to an individual patient for opioid overdoses over the entirety of the last five calendar years, including 2018. 

    Please see the Trust's response attached.

    Please note that as we do not record a patient name or identifier anywhere in our Computer Aided Dispatch system, we are only able to provide the highest number of responses to incidents categorised Overdose / Poisoning (Ingestion) - Narcotics (heroin, tramadol, methadone, (dihydro)codeine, etc.)  to a specific address, rather than a specific individual.

  • Area:
    Trust wide
  • Category:
    • Calls
    • Emergency Operations
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