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This query is used to assess trends in hypothermia or cold exposure in emergency department visits in ESSENCE. The query captures cold exposure, hypothermia, and frost bite using chief complaint, triage note, and discharge diagnosis code (ICD-10CM). The query does not exclude hypothermia related... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

The homelessness syndrome was developed to identify emergency department visits in ESSENCE for patients who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The syndrome is intended for use with chief complaint, triage notes, and discharge diagnosis codes (ICD-10 CM). The definition heavily... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

Objective: Capture all traffic-related injuries presenting to the emergency room regardless of intent or vehicle type to allow monitoring of long-term trends in traffic-related injuries as well as short-term aberrations due to holiday, events, weather.

Syndromic Surveillance System:... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

This definition is based the following document created by the CSTE Heat Workgroup: Heat-related Illness Syndrome Query: A guidance Document for Implementing Heat-related Illness Syndromic Surveillance in Public Health Practice (attached). The query is built using chief complaint and discharge... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

This syndrome was created to monitor emergency room visits related to opioid abuse in Suburban Cook County, IL. It is adapted from CDC’s Opioid Overdose v2 syndrome, and expanded to include terms for opioid withdrawal, injection site infections, and patients with underlying opiate abuse or... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

This syndrome is a work-in-progress and was created to experiment with Chief Complaint text indicating a language barrier between medical professionals and patient and/or an interpreter is needed to provide medical care.

This was developed on the NSSP ESSENCE CCQV data in the Processed... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

The following syndrome was developed to explore emergency department visit records involving people experiencing homelessness. Trends over time, patient demographics, geographic distribution, and primary reasons for seeking care were explored. Additionally, we have been using this definition, in... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

A step-wise article on developing this syndrome definition can be found in the April 2019 NSSP Update https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/news.html

This syndrome is an initial attempt at an improved Drowning and Submersion query in NSSP ESSENCE. It was developed starting with the existing ESSENCE... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

During the 2017 Houston floods Lauren Leining worked with the the American Red Cross to visit each disaster victim in a shelter to do bed evaluations, but learned it was a very common thing for people to refuse treatment for a variety of reasons. Many people didn’t want to walk to where the... Read more

Content type: Success Stories

Attached is a word document with multiple syndromes that we have found useful during the coagulopathy cluster situation. Most used queries are highlighted in yellow.

These queries were created in response to marijuana, particularly synthetic marijuana, tainted with anticoagulants often... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

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