Review article: Emergency department implications of the TASER

Robb, Megan, Close, Benjamin, Furyk, Jeremy, and Aitken, Peter (2009) Review article: Emergency department implications of the TASER. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 21 (4). pp. 250-258.

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Abstract

The TASER is a conducted electricity device currently being introduced to the Australian and New Zealand police forces as an alternative to firearms in dealing with violent and dangerous individuals. It incapacitates the subject by delivering rapid pulses of electricity causing involuntary muscle contraction and pain. The use of this device might lead to cardiovascular, respiratory, biochemical, obstetric, ocular and traumatic sequelae. This article will summarize the current literature and propose assessment and management recommendations to guide emergency physicians who will be required to review these patients.

Item ID: 10061
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-6723
Keywords: artificial pacemaker; cardiac arrhythmia; electrocardiograph; sudden death; TASER
Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 23:26
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110305 Emergency Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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