the TASER-ed patient

20 Mar

PHYSIOLOGY OF TASERS:
–nice article in Emergency Medicine News from Feb ’12 (link below)

HIGHLIGHTS:
–TASERs deliver electrical current to cause diffuse muscular contraction, thus incapacitating

–people who need to be TASERed may be drugged up, overexherted, or sustain trauma, so there are other things to think about

–in studies with healthy subjects, there were minimal (returning to baseline in 10 minutes) or no changes in pulse, 02 saturation, bicarb, lactate, electrolytes, troponin, EKGs, acidosis

EVERYTHING’S RELATIVE:
TASER joule output: 0.36-1.76 joules

RANDOM FACT:
–TASER stands for “Thomas A. Swift’s electric rifle”, after the developer’s childhood hero

BOTTOM LINE:
–asymptomatic, awake post-TASERed patient, unlikely to need routine labs/monitoring

Submitted by S. Lee.

Reference(s): EMN article, review article, taser joules, picture

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