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Introduction of the Taser into British policing. Implications for UK emergency departments: an overview of electronic weaponry
  1. A Bleetman,
  2. R Steyn,
  3. C Lee
  1. Emergency Department, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr A Bleetman
 32 Rothwell Drive, Solihull B91 1HG, UK;


The Taser is a development of the stun gun. It has recently been introduced into British policing as a “less lethal” weapon to fill the operational gap between the baton and the gun for controlling potentially dangerous and violent suspects. It is inevitable that “tasered” victims will be brought to hospitals. A review of clinical experience with electronic weaponry is presented. Suggestions for managing “tasered” subjects are provided.

  • Taser
  • stun guns
  • electronic weaponry

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  • Funding: none declared.

  • Conflicts of interest: Bleetman and Steyn have previously conducted a financed literature review for Taser International. Neither have any contractual relationship with the company or the success of the product.

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