[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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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 and Stanga, Zeno Giovanni

ISSN:

1661-8157

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

German

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:08

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:19

PubMed ID:

20449821

URI:

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

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