Uncommon Cause of Death: The Use of Taser Guns in South Florida

Published:March 04, 2008DOI:
      A rash of deaths related to taser use by law enforcement personnel has led to intense public scrutiny recently of this “non-lethal” weapon. Several citizens’ groups, members of the media, and various law enforcement agencies have raised concerns about taser safety. This article reviews health care issues related to the use of electroshock weapons and provides guidelines for the triage and initial management of taser-type injuries.
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      Kristopher Pidgeon is Trauma Outreach Nurse Educator for Memorial Regional Hospital & Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Division of Trauma Services, Hollywood, Fla.


      Sally Bragg is Assistant Project Manager, The Center of Bioterrorism and All Hazards Preparedness Nova Southeastern University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


      Kathleen Ball was Performance Improvement Specialist for Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Fla (deceased).


      Tracy Meltzer is Administrative Director for Medical Surgical Services at Memorial Hospital, Hollywood, Fla.