Taser subjects: Identification of high-risk individuals
Steven John Gaydos
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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.