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Cardiac fibrillation risk of TASER X-26 dart mode application.
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PMID:  22037697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In view of reported fatalities there are still controversial discussions on whether electronic stun law enforcement weapons can cause cardiac fibrillation. Experimental data are contradictory. Simplified theoretical estimations led to a negligible low risk of 8.10(-7). With a detailed numerical-anatomical model of an adult man (NORMAN) cardiac exposure to Taser X26 high-tension pulses was quantitatively assessed and the fibrillation risk estimated by accounting for its dependence on excited volume based on 3D cardiac exposure patterns. For distance mode and worst case dart hits it could be demonstrated that cardiac exposure can reach the 30% fibrillation risk level. Risk reduces considerably if direct current flow across the heart is prevented. The overall fibrillation risk of Taser application is further reduced by the limited probability of critical hits. However, in agreement with experimental findings it is demonstrated that cardiac fibrillation risk of Taser X26 dart mode application is small, however, not negligible.
Authors:
Norbert Leitgeb; Florian Niedermayr; Gerhart Loos; Robert Neubauer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Wiener medizinische Wochenschrift (1946)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1563-258X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708475     Medline TA:  Wien Med Wochenschr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Institute of Health Care Engineering with European Notified Body of Medical Devices, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, norbert.leitgeb@tugraz.at.
Vernacular Title:
Herzkammerflimmern-Risiko durch Taser X-26-Distanz-Applikation.
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