Testing blood oxygen monitoring among people who use drugs to promote awareness of respiratory and cardiac health

Funded by CORRA Foundation.

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.

Total award value £14,921.00


Professor Catriona Matheson
Professor Catriona Matheson

Professor in Substance Use, Faculty of Social Sciences

Mr Joe Schofield
Mr Joe Schofield

Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Tessa Parkes
Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences


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