Extended Range Conducted Electrical Weapon Wounds



Extended range conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) differ from handheld CEWs in that they are capable of being applied to subjects from a relatively long distance. They do so through unique launching platforms and involve different ballistic properties and attachment mechanisms than typical CEW deployed probes. Currently, there is only a single extended range CEW in use.

This extended range CEW produces wounds distinctly different from the handheld CEW because of a different probe pattern and the ballistic launch component. It is important for medical, investigative, and legal authorities to be familiar with the distinct patterns of wounds created by these devices.


Creatine Kinase Ballistic Impact Puncture Wound Impact Trauma Probe Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineLompoc Valley Medical CenterLompocUSA
  2. 2.Santa Barbara Police DepartmentSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.CRT Less Lethal Inc.SeattleUSA

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