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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 29 November 2018) . . Page.. 5237 ..


It should be noted that overdose from a clinical coding perspective is poisoning due to a drug, not a determination of whether the patient was under the influence of a substance at the time of the overdose. Data for 2018 to the 31 October 2018 is preliminary and subject to medical record coding completion and finalisation of data entry.

(2) The number of patients who died in hospital in relation to the following diagnosis codes for the years 2014 to 2018 were:

Number of deaths

Diagnosis

(a) 2014

(b) 2015

(c) 2016

(d) 2017

(e) 2018

(i)

Alcohol Abuse

27

21

25

31

15

(ii)

Overdose - Oxycodone or other pharmaceutical opioids

1

0

1

1

0

(iii)

Overdose - Benzodiazepines

0

0

1

0

1

(iv)

Overdose - Heroin

0

0

0

0

0

(v)

Overdose - Methylamphetamine or ICE

0

0

0

0

0

(vi)

Overdose - Cocaine

0

0

0

0

0

(vii)

Overdose - MDMA or Ecstasy

0

0

0

0

0

(viii)

Overdose - Fentanyl

0

0

0

0

0

(ix)

Overdose - Cannabis or Cannabinoids

0

0

0

0

0

It should be noted that overdose from a clinical coding perspective is poisoning due to a drug, not a determination of whether the patient was under the influence of a substance at the time of the overdose. Data for 2018 to the 31 October 2018 is preliminary and subject to medical record coding completion and finalisation of data entry.


Calvary Hospital—overdose statistics(Question No 1897)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 26 October 2018:

(1) How many people were admitted to the Calvary Public Hospital in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017 and (e) 2018 (to the date on which this question was published in the Questions on Notice Paper) in relation to (i) alcohol abuse, (ii) an overdose of oxycodone or other pharmaceutical opioids, (iii) an overdose of benzodiazepines, (iv) heroin overdose, (v) methyl amphetamine or ice overdose, (vi) cocaine overdose, (vii) an overdose of MDMA or ecstasy, (viii) an overdose of fentanyl and (ix) an overdose of cannabis or cannabinoids.

(2) How many patients died while in hospital for each year and in relation to each category referred to in part (1).

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:


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