Emergency Room Visits

The data shown here are from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's syndromic surveillance system. Chief complaint and diagnosis code information for all individuals seen in Philadelphia area emergency departments (ED) is reported to this system. The number and rate of drug-related ED visits is assessed on a daily basis. Data shown in this report is complete through December 6, 2017.

There are some limitations to this data. First, due to changes in hospital reporting mechanisms, there are fluctuations in total counts of drug related ED visits over time. As a result, it is more reliable to assess proportions of drug related ED visits rather than total number of visits. Second, because it is often impossible to discern the drug involved in the incident, the data represent both opioid and unspecified drug related visits.

Philadelphia TB Case Count, 2005/2016
TB Cases By Age Group, 2016

TB Cases in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2016
Philadelphia TB Cases by Race and Ethnicity, 2010/2015 TB Cases By Age Group, 2016

Hospitalizations

The following section includes data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), an independent state agency that collects information on all inpatient hospitalizations and ambulatory procedures at freestanding clinics in Pennsylvania to monitor health care cost. Data are de-identified and include detailed patient demographic and utilization information. Each record has one principal diagnosis, up to 17 secondary diagnoses, and up to three external causes of injury codes. Data is coded using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) for data from January 1, 2002 to September 31, 2015 and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

Data shown in this section are complete through 2016 and are for Philadelphia residents hospitalized at both Philadelphia hospitals and hospitals in the surrounding region.

Inpatient discharges with an ICD-9-CM principal diagnosis of 965.00, 965.01, 965.02, or 965.03 or external cause of injury code of E85.00, E85.01, or E85.02, or ICD-10-CM principal diagnosis of T40.0-T40.3 were identified as hospitalizations attributable to an opioid poisoning (includes both heroin and pharmaceutical opioids). Individuals with an opioid poisoning related to therapeutic use were identified and excluded.

There are limitations to this dataset. First, the data is delayed up to two years. Second, all data is de-identified, and thus cannot be matched across city systems. Finally, the data only includes individuals who were admitted to the hospital. Anyone seen in the emergency room but not admitted is not included in this dataset.

Hospitalizations Attributable to Opioid Poisoning by Year
Philadelphia TB Cases by Race and Ethnicity, 2010/2015
TB Cases By Age Group, 2016
TB Cases By Age Group, 2016
TB Cases in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2016