Table 1

Performance of the computer case definition for sudden cardiac death
N %
Adjudicated cases 81 100.0
 Not sudden cardiac deatha  8   9.9
 Sudden cardiac death 73  90.1
  Evidence potential opioid overdoseb  2  2.5
  No evidence opioid overdose 71  87.7
   Probable sudden cardiac death 69  85.2
   Possible sudden cardiac death  2  2.5

aThe excluded cases include: 2, bradycardia with weak pulse; 1, pulseless electrical activity; 1, concurrent myocardial infarction/motor vehicle crash; 1, congestive heart failure; 1, pneumonia; 1, witnessed gradual onset death; and 1, respiratory failure with hypotension.

bBased on post-mortem tests for opioid metabolites possibly consistent with overdose.

Kawai et al.

Kawai et al. BMC Research Notes 2012 5:473   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-473

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