Navigation Links
Injuries No Worse for Tasered Teens Than Adults: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who are Tasered do not appear to be at higher risk for serious injury than adults, a new study contends.

Researchers reviewed more than 2,000 Taser uses by police and found that nearly 5 percent were against suspects aged 13 to 17. Most were Tasered in incidents involving assault, civil disturbance and robbery and burglary.

No major differences were found between teens and adults in injury rates or types of injuries, according to the researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"We were looking closely for increased risk of cardiac effects and bodily injuries because of the differing body size and build of adolescents, but there were no significant injuries reported for this age group," study lead author Dr. Alison Gardner, assistant professor of emergency medicine, said in a medical center news release.

"There were 20 mild injuries recorded and the majority of these were expected superficial puncture wounds from the weapons' probes," she added.

The study, published in the September issue of the journal Pediatric Emergency Care, is the first to specifically investigate Taser use on teens, according to the release.

Gardner noted that the average age (16), weight (168 pounds) and height (5 feet 8 inches) of the teens in this study shows that Tasers tend to be used on teens who are larger and older. This suggests that police are using Tasers in situations where physical apprehension is not easy, unlike with smaller and younger teens.

A Taser, or stun gun, is an electroshock weapon.

More information

Amnesty International wants tighter rules on Taser use.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, news release, Sept. 18, 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Overuse Injuries Common Among Female College Athletes
2. Job injuries among youth prompt calls for better safety standards
3. Football-related catastrophic brain injuries on the rise
4. Death From Accidental Injuries Among Kids Drops 30%: CDC
5. Catastrophic Head Injuries to High School Football Players Rising
6. On-the-Job Injuries Can Be Lethal to U.S. Teens
7. On-the-job deaths steady in Michigan; Number of burn injuries underreported
8. New standards for treating traumatic shoulder injuries to improve patient care
9. Ex-Players Sue NFL Over Brain Injuries
10. New study finds increase in track-related injuries among youth in the United States
11. Kids Track Injuries Surge in US
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Injuries No Worse for Tasered Teens Than Adults: Study
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... TherapySites, the leading website ... Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue to ... adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about this ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... recently ... of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada ... become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media ... give their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ... Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not ... comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on ... Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability ... fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology and ... platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 nd ... 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A demonstration ... of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will be ... is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments that ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with ... Latin America . ... ... ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 The vast majority of dialysis patients ... Treatments are usually 3 times a week, with treatment ... travel time, equipment preparation and wait time.  This regimen ... for patients who are elderly and frail.  Many elderly ... rehabilitation centers for some duration of time. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: