Collaboration with Aberdeen City Alcohol & Drugs Partnership.
Aberdeen City ADP have secured funding from Corra Foundation for a service development pilot to explore the utility of using point of care pulse oximeters to non-invasively measure blood oxygen (O2) levels among people who use drugs to identify those with elevated risk of overdose and drug-related death.
Stage 1: collecting anonymous O2 readings taken from clients attending services providing injecting equipment to assess acceptability and provide baseline readings.
Stage 2: collecting 02 readings + name and contact details from people who use drugs including at these services and giving people devices to take home to measure levels throughout the day. Results will be reviewed by a nurse who will contact those with abnormally low results, providing harm reduction info & referral to assess respiratory risk etc.
ACADP will deliver the project and want to commission UofS drugs researchers to advise and support recruitment, data analysis, reporting, lived experience involvement.