Journal article

Characteristics, presentation and outcomes of music festival patrons with stimulant drug-induced serotonin toxicity

Lachlan F Miles, Kristy Austin, Alan Eade, David Anderson, Andis Graudins, Forbes McGain, Jacqueline Maplesden, Shaun Greene, Joe-Anthony Rotella, Martin Dutch

Emergency Medicine Australasia | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: A large number of stimulant drug-associated deaths at music festivals in Australia were reported during the southern hemisphere summer of 2018-2019. This led to the prehospital deployment of healthcare professional-led critical care response teams. We aimed to describe the characteristics, clinical presentation, management and outcomes of music festival patrons with stimulant drug-induced serotonin toxicity managed using this model during the study period. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study of patients presenting with stimulant drug-induced serotonin toxicity and/or drug-induced hyperthermia who presented between December 2017 and December 2019. Comprehensiv..

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