Assessment of people who have been tasered
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Assessment of people who have been tasered

Matthew Peel Custody nurse, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, West Yorkshire Police Custody, England

The use of Tasers® by the police is subject to intense scrutiny and controversy. With increasing numbers of police officers carrying Tasers, it is important that nurses in pre-hospital, emergency department and police custody settings understand how Tasers work, and the physiological effects. This article describes Tasers, their mechanisms and physiological effects, and explains how nurses should undertake assessment of people who have been subjected to Taser discharge.

Emergency Nurse. 25, 4, 22-29. doi: 10.7748/en.2017.e1725

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 April 2017

Accepted: 01 June 2017