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CEW Effects with Illegal Stimulant Intoxication

  • Patrick Tchou
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Conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) such as the TASER® brand devices are increasingly used by law enforcement officers when confronted with combative and uncooperative subjects [1]. These devices minimize direct physical interaction between the police and the subject thus minimizing potential injury to the officer and decrease the need for using more lethal and injury-prone weapons such as the baton or the hand gun. In-custody deaths, however, have raised the speculation that TASER CEWs may contribute to such deaths. Disrupting the cardiac rhythm has been a postulate mechanism of such deaths.

Keywords

Ventricular Fibrillation Sodium Channel Blocking Direct Physical Interaction Ventricular Fibrillation Threshold High Adrenaline 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cleveland Clinic, Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing, Department of Cardiovascular MedicineThe Heart and Vascular Institute

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