NPDS Analytical Products

NPDS offers a variety of analytical data products customized to fit our clients’ needs. These products fall under 5 major categories:

1. Individual Case Listing Deliverables

Individual Case Listings are our most popular products. Clients are able to customize the variables used to build the data query to identify the cases of interest. Specific variables may be selected based on a number of specific data parameters related but not limited to: age, weight, gender, medical outcome, or variables providing information about the substance involved. A comprehensive list of variables and definitions can be found under the NPDS Elements link located under the menu on the left side of  this page. Individual Case Listings may be delivered for retrospective or prospective data on a one-time, quarterly, monthly, or weekly basis or at any other pre-determined interval.

2. Surveillance Definitions

Surveillance can be used as a means of early identification of hazardous exposures to particular products or potential public health threats. There are multiple types of surveillance definitions that can be customized to fit our clients’ specific data needs. Surveillance definitions are developed based on:

    • Volume - Provides information on the volume of cases based on specific parameters
    • Cases - Provides information on cases related to a particular exposure
    • Clinical Effects/Outcomes - Provides information on the specific clinical effects/outcomes of interest

The NPDS surveillance system generates an alert that is triggered based on the exact parameters specified in the surveillance definition. Surveillance reports may be delivered quarterly, monthly, weekly, daily or at any other pre-determined interval. Federal entities, such as the CDC, use the NPDS surveillance system to identify emerging issues of public health concern.

3. Custom Tables

Tables that are published in the NPDS Annual Report can be customized by timeframe, age, geographical region, and AAPCC generic code (i.e., code that represents a broad group of related products used to identify the substance involved). A client may also chose to submit a table shell of their own design that AAPCC would then populate with NPDS  data.

4. Case Narratives

Case narratives are de-identified free text notes that may provide additional details regarding the case. This information is entered by the regional poison center and may be delivered in various formats (e.g., pdf, text). Case narratives are not contained within NPDS. AAPCC requests case narratives from AAPCC member poison centers that chose to comply at their own discretion.

5. Fatality Abstracts

For each fatality, the AAPCC member poison center that managed the case writes a de-identified fatality abstract that provides additional detail when available (e.g. details of an autopsy). 

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