Those suspected of concealing illicit drugs often present near ports and borders however they can present to any ED or be brought in by the police.
Body Packers – Swallow large quantities of well packaged drugs to smuggle them into countries or institutions. These are often well manufactured with a low risk of rupture but the potential for serious toxicity if rupture occurs.
Body Stuffers – Swallow small quantities of poorly packaged illicit substances often at the point of arrest to conceal them. These have a much high risk of package rupture but involve smaller quantities of substances.
Authorisation for an intimate search or radiological investigation must come from an inspector or higher with written consent from the patient.
Intimate searches must be carried out by a police surgeon but require immediately available resuscitation facilities therefore may be conducted in the ED. ED physicians should not handle the drugs at any time.
AXR or low dose CT scanning can be used to detect concealed packages in Body Packers.
Try to obtain a history of what and how much has been concealed
When patients present with functional symptoms. It can be difficult to discern whether if it is an actual or functional weakness. And it can be even more difficult to convince the patient. However these tests can not only help you workout what is happening, but also demonstrate function to the patient. Read more
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Experience is showing that those with diabetic patients with COVID-19 are more likely to develop DKA/HSS. However, treating them with the traditional large amount of fluid is detrimental to their chest, if they have Covid-19
Hence the following has been developed from the Guy & Thomas’ guidance – CLICK HERE
High Clinical Suspicion of Covid-19
Clinical: Fever ≥37.8°C plus any of; cough, short of breath, myalgia, headache, sore throat