Recurrent overdose: patient characteristics, habits, and outcomes.
DM Taylor, PA Cameron, D Eddey
Emergency Medicine Journal | Published : 1998
OBJECTIVES: Patients who overdose repeatedly on drugs and poisons (repeaters) are of major concern. This study aimed to examine the demographics, types of drugs ingested, associated self inflicted trauma, and medium term outcome of repeaters and to compare these patients with those who overdosed on one occasion only (single presenters) during the study period. METHODS: The study was undertaken in the emergency department of a large, provincial Australian hospital. A retrospective case note examination was made for all patients who presented, after drug overdose, during the two year study period. These patients were also followed up for a further 12 months after the study period. RESULTS: The..View full abstract