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Hunger strike among detainees: guidance for good medical practice.
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PMID:  22987064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Hunger strike is a regularly reported problem in prison. Although clinical situations are rarely severe, hospitalisation is often considered. In consequence, it is not only physicians working in prisons, but also hospital medical teams who face challenges related to hunger strike, involving somatic, psychological, legal and human rights aspects. Furthermore, deontological rules must be strictly respected when delivering care, particularly in prison setting. Starvation involves metabolic changes and can cause severe, and sometimes even irreversible or fatal complications. Moreover, the phase of re-alimentation should not be trivialised, as re-feeding syndrome is a potentially fatal phenomenon. This article provides guidance for monitoring and management of patients on hunger strike.
L Gétaz; Jp Rieder; L Nyffenegger; A Eytan; Jm Gaspoz; H Wolff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-09-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Swiss medical weekly     Volume:  142     ISSN:  1424-3997     ISO Abbreviation:  Swiss Med Wkly     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970884     Medline TA:  Swiss Med Wkly     Country:  Switzerland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  0     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Primary Care Medicine, Department of Community Medicaion, Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland;
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