[Body-packer ; body-stuffer - a medical challenge]

Gsell, M; Perrig, M; Eichelberger, M; Chatterjee, B; Stoll, U; Stanga, Z (2010). [Body-packer ; body-stuffer - a medical challenge]. Praxis - schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin, 99(9), pp. 533-44. Bern: Huber

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Since the seventies, the practice of drug smuggling in the form of body packing has increased in the Western world. The goal of our study was to present an algorithm for the safe management of intracorporal drug transport based on clinical experience and current evidence. The retrospective study, conducted over the past four years in our hospital prison, analyzes and discusses the diagnostic and therapeutic concepts. Thirty-four patients hospitalized 37 times in a 48-month period were included. In 28 patients drug packages were identified. Only two patients suffered from serious complications. The study demonstrates that following a specifically designed management algorithm based on clinical experience and principles of evidence-based medicine can optimize risk management, improve quality assurance and patient safety.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine > Centre of Competence for General Internal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Gsell, Monika, Perrig, Martin, Eichelberger, Markus, Chatterjee, Bidisha, Stanga, Zeno


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








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04 Oct 2013 14:08

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:20

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/322 (FactScience: 197576)

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