Department of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine | Health Information Technology | Medical Toxicology | Public Health | Substance Abuse and Addiction
Opioid overdose is a growing public health emergency in the United States. The antidote naloxone must be administered rapidly after opioid overdose to prevent death. Bystander or "take-home" naloxone programs distribute naloxone to opioid users and other community members to increase naloxone availability at the time of overdose. However, data describing the natural history of take-home naloxone in the hands of at-risk individuals is lacking. To understand patterns of naloxone uptake in at-risk users, we developed a smart naloxone kit that uses low-energy Bluetooth (BLE) to unobtrusively detect the transit of naloxone through a hospital campus. In this paper, we describe development of the smart naloxone kit and results from the first 10 participants in our pilot study.
opioid overdose, nalaxone, detection, Bluetooth
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Proc Annu Hawaii Int Conf Syst Sci. 2018 Jan 3;2018:3253-3258. Link to article on conference website
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Lai JT, Chapman B, Boyle KL, Boyer EW, Chai PR. (2018). Low-energy Bluetooth for detecting real-world penetrance of bystander naloxone kits: a pilot study. Open Access Publications by UMass Chan Authors. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/3376
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