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Ventricular fibrillation in a man shot with a Taser.
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PMID:  20515900     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Controversy exists concerning the lethality of Tasers. These are conducted electrical weapons which incapacitate subjects by delivering an electrical charge that causes diffuse muscle contraction. In North America, over 440 deaths have been reported immediately following Taser use. Taser International has recently suggested that Tasers should not be aimed at the chest, although there is no conclusive proof that a discharge over the heart would cause an arrhythmia. The case history is presented of a young man who was shot in the chest by a Taser and presented to the emergency department in ventricular fibrillation.
Authors:
Rosanne S Naunheim; Matthew Treaster; Chandra Aubin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  645-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 So. Euclid, St Louis, MO 63110, USA. naunheir@wusm.wustl.edu
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