Archive for the 'Emergency medical intervention (EMS)' Category

CANADA – Collingwood, Ontario: Local Health Integration Network (LIHN) working group looking at mental health crisis services (2011-11-30)

Posted on December 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : “Good news” are rare in the world of  taser. But here is one such exception. Following the tragic killing of psychiatrically-disturbed Aron Firman after he received just one discharge by the police police in this community 300 km north of Toronto (see our report [here]), the police are moving towards crisis […]

UK – Raoul Moat: Medics battled to save ‘beating heart’ (2011-09-19)

Posted on September 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Casting doubts on whether the taser contributed to his death, “Gunman Raoul Moat’s heart was still beating when he arrived at hospital after shooting himself in the head, an inquest has heard. … The inquest has heard how Moat was hit by a non-lethal round from an experimental shotgun Taser, which was […]

USA – Excited delirium: A challenge for EMS and police (2011-09-05)

Posted on September 2 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: No recommendation to use tasers in this article from a US EMS spacialists’s Las Vegas presentation that assumes that “excited deliririum” exists, – The need is for sedation, not electric shocks (unmentioned): “ Chemical restraint is often necessary, and Daily’s drug of choice in these cases is benzodiazepines. “I use intramuscular […]

USA – Washington County, Oregon, police officers to learn about autism recognition from fellow cop (2011-09-01)

Posted on September 1 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: The police need to become more sensitive to “psychiatric” problems of all kinds.  As police increasingly become the first interveners, Oregon authorities introduce training, which is funded by the Autism Society of Oregon with help from Autism Research and Resources of Oregon to help identify those suffering from this problem. ]] […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental health concerns over Tasers (2011-08-26)

Posted on August 26 2011 by admin

Mental health concerns over Tasers By Adam Bennett The Mental Health Foundation is calling for a formal review of police use of Tasers after figures released this week showed four out of 10 of those tasered in the past year were experiencing mental health issues. But police say their use of force – including Tasers […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal cops taser blood-covered man armed with BBQ fork (2011-05-21)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This post appears to fir into the “appropriate use of taser” category, but (a) did the police consider any negotiation? (b) was the man still threatening others when they arrived? (c) if he was “delirious” (sic, u.e., in psychiatric distress) should this have been a sign to use or not use the […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Le Taser deux fois moins utilisé qu’en 2007 à Québec [Quebec City police using taser 50% less often than in 2007] (2011-05-17)

Posted on May 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec City police report taser use is down 50% – from 16 times a years to 8 – since 2007, when Claudio Castagnetta died following the use of the taser – as a result of the media coverage of this case, according to a police spokesperson. Anyone receiving a discharge now automatically […]

USA – Epilepsy Foundation Announces Updated First Responder Training Video as Another Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Police is Filed (2008-08-15)

Posted on August 15 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Despite widespread police understanding, “regular reports about police misinterpreting behaviors related to seizures or post-seizure confusion as criminal conduct or aggression”. The recent death of James Edward Wells, who received multiple taser discharges (and other injuries) illustrates how things can go very wrong. The Foundation refers police to their handbook on how […]