Optimization of Linkage between North Carolina EMS and ED Data: EMS Naloxone Cases

The opioid overdose crisis has rapidly expanded in North Carolina (NC), paralleling the epidemic across the United States. The number of opioid overdose deaths in NC has increased by nearly 40% each year since 2015.1 Critical to preventing overdose deaths is increasing access to the life-saving drug naloxone, which can reverse overdose symptoms and progression.

June 18, 2019

Finding Chances to Intervene Before the Fatal Overdose: Linking ED and Mortality Data

In 2017, 951 Missouri residents died from an opioid overdose, a record number for the state.1 This continues the trend from 2016, which saw an increase of over 30% in opioid overdose deaths compared to 2015. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) manages several public health surveillance data sources that can be used to inform about the opioid epidemic. Opioid overdose deaths are identified through death certificates which are collected through the vital records system.

June 18, 2019

Improvement in Loss to Follow-up of Newborn Hearing Screening: A lesson from Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

Newborns who fail initial hearing screening are encouraged to follow up to get further tests to confirm diagnosis of hearing loss. Loss to follow-up of hearing screening is defined as a newborn who fails the initial hearing test before hospital discharge but does not follow up with further hearing tests to confirm diagnosis of hearing loss. Although rates of loss to follow-up are considered high in Louisiana, with great efforts by Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI), loss to follow-up has significantly improved in the last several years.

April 28, 2019

Racial Disparity in Birth Defects: Who Has Higher Risk?

Many studies have shown relationships between race/ethnicity and some birth defects. For example, white teenagers have higher rates of gastroschisis than African-American teenagers 1 , and transposition of great arteries is more prevalent in white than non-white children 2 .The Louisiana Birth Defects Monitoring Network (LBDMN) is a population-based surveillance system created in 2005. LBDMN actively collects information from multiple sources to track babies born with birth defects up to three years old in the state.

May 02, 2019

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