Dr Donald Dawes, from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, reported that(For more information on Taser devices: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser)
Tasers were used 27 times at one Minneapolis medical center over a one year
period and found the number of injuries to both patients and medical staff were
reduced with the introduction of Tasers to the hospital.
It is an interesting sign of the times when we even have to be discussing use of Tasers in the E.D. However, it is a sign of today's times indeed. I can speak from my personal reference including my personal observations and viewings of Taser use in the ED.
A local ED is staffed by at least 2-3 "off duty" local law enforcement officers 24/7, they carry the usual fare of lethal as well as non-lethal force weapons (Tasers). I have seen them 'displayed' to a perp twice and seen them used to drop a pt. twice. I have "heard" them out of eye sight being used 3-4 times.While not considered "firearms", Tasers do present a new venue of consideration which requires application of standards, codes and interpretation of the law and consequences.
There are even safety claims as to the liability for Taser weapons to cause permanent and or fatal damage. This is an ongoing debate and struggle to get these tools accepted more widely.However, when I consider all the times I've seen the Taser "deployed", it was situations, which, in my opinion, had it not been deployed, it would have escalated into a situation in which deadly force would have been likely to have been used and/or warranted.-KMG-365