There is much controversy over the user of Tasers or Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEWs). We frequently are asked to research safety and injury issues with respect to the use of Tasers in law enforcement and other security situations. These projects usually require database searches and the identification of relevant publications. Results are often used for policy development, patents, warning labels, and legal cases.
Taser (often marketed as TASER) is a brand name and registered trademark of Taser International. The word most often refers to an electroshock weapon marketed by that company which uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles. The device functions by effecting “neuromuscular incapacitation” and the devices’ mechanism “Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technology”. Someone struck by a Taser experiences stimulation of his or her sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions (ref).
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