Table 1

Apparent causes of collapse (n=115)

CauseNumber (%) of patients
Alcohol intoxication54 (47.0)
Drug overdose
    Intravenous drug misuse14 (12.1)
    Other overdose8 (7.0)
    Paracetamol involved4 (3.5)
Seizure13 (11.3)
Infection
    Septic shock4 (3.5)
    Meningitis2 (1.7)
    Pyelonephritis1 (0.9)
    Unknown source1 (0.9)
Assault/trauma4 (3.5)
Diabetic coma2 (1.7)
Other
    Status asthmaticus2 (1.7)
    Panic attack2 (1.7)
    Subdural haematoma1 (0.9)
    Fainting episode1 (0.9)
    Hepatic encephalopathy (not paracetamol)1 (0.9)
    Dead on arrival (unknown cause—presumed cardiovascular)1 (0.9)