Taser subjects: Identification of high-risk individuals

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Title: Taser subjects: Identification of high-risk individuals
Author: Steven John Gaydos
Abstract: Taser® devices are used by many police forces as a nonlethal means of subduing individuals . These devices use conducted electrical energy to cause neuromuscular incapacitation . Tasers have been associated with adverse clinical outcomes and death , and their use remains controversial . Current national level policing policies exhibit heterogeneity with respect to the clinical disposition of individuals subjected to Tasers . Critical review of the published medical literature concerning the human effects of Tasers suggests the delineation of certain groups potentially more vulnerable to adverse medical outcome and injurious clinical sequela . Policy changes mandating that these “high -risk” groups receive clinical evaluation post -incident may increase public safety with respect to Tasers .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .3 /109
Date: 2008-04-21


Taser subjects: Identification of high-risk individuals. The University of Texas Medical Branch. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .3 /109 .

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