[PDF] Caring for adult patients suspected of having concealed illicit drugs

Source:
Royal College of Emergency Medicine - RCEM
Publisher:
Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Publication date:
04 June 2014

Abstract

This guideline deals with adult patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) having ingested or concealed illicit drugs in body cavities. It covers our legal responsibilities, interactions with the police and provides clinical guidance. This document provides more detailed guidance for the ED regarding the management of patients who are suspected of having concealed illicit drugs. The guidance compliments a previously published template protocol for the management of detainees who are suspected of swallowing or having packed drugs or foreign objects into body orifices or cavities that was published in June 2011.