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Less-Lethal Law Enforcement Weapons: Clinical Management of Associated Injuries in the Emergency Department (Trauma CME)

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  • Patients presenting with diffuse muscular pain after conducted electrical weapon (CEW) deployment should have a creatine kinase, urine dipstick, and renal function checked.
  • To remove TASER barbs: (1) grasp dart or wire and pull firmly straight backwards; (2) place a 16-gauge needle over the barb portion and back the dart out of the skin; or (3) anesthetize the skin, make a small incision down to the barb, and remove the barb through the incision.
  • If a CEW patient has an osseous injury, perform lavage and exploration of the area if tendon sheath, bone, or joint involvement is suspected.
  • Patients with pre-existing cardiac disease or who use stimulant drugs may be more sensitive to dysrhythmia from the electrical current of CEWs.22
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Authors

Jessica Osterman, MD, MS; Cara Buchanan, MD

Peer Reviewed By

Edouard Coupet, Jr, MD, MS; James Dodington, MD, CPST, FAAP; Matthew Harris, MD, FAAP, FAEMS

Publication Date

August 2, 2021

CME Expiration Date

August 2, 2024

CME Credits

4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 4 ACEP Category I Credits, 4 AAP Prescribed Credits, 4 AOA Category 2-A or 2-B Credits.
Specialty CME Credits: Included as part of the 4 credits, this CME activity is eligible for 1.5 Trauma CME credits.

Pub Med ID: 34310093

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