Rebecca McDowell

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BACKGROUND Zopiclone is a hypnosedative structurally unrelated to the benzodiazepines but operating at the same receptor complex. Although zopiclone has been used in clinical practice for many years, relatively little is known of its relative toxicity in comparison with other hypnosedatives. METHOD Deaths, where hypnosedatives were implicated, in New(More)
AIMS To describe the epidemiology and toxicology of poisoning deaths in New Zealand for 2001 and 2002. METHODS Poisoning mortality data for 2001 and 2002 were collected from the Coronial Service Office (CSO) as part of the New Zealand chemical injury surveillance system. RESULTS There was 235 and 234 poisoning deaths in 2001 and 2002 respectively, an(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, questions have been raised regarding the effectiveness of helicopters in trauma care. We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the effect of on-scene helicopter transport on survival after trauma in a statewide trauma system. METHODS Data were obtained from a statewide trauma registry of 162,730 patients treated at 28 accredited(More)
New Zealand's epidemic of meningococcal disease began in mid 1991. Surveillance of meningococcal disease in New Zealand is based on a combination of disease notification and organism characterisation. Case numbers and population rates rose from 53 (1.5 per 100,000 population) in 1990 to a high of 650 (17.4 per 100,000 population) in 2001. The highest rates(More)
AIM To compare the rates of death per volume of drug dispensed for antidepressants in New Zealand. METHODS Deaths from antidepressant poisonings were identified from the reports of coronial inquiries for New Zealand in 2001. Prescriptions for antidepressant medications were identified from the PharmHouse database from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001.(More)
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