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Int J Cardiol. 2016 Dec 15;225:123-127. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.08.321. Epub 2016 Sep 17.

Cardiovascular effects of SPARK conducted electrical weapon in healthy subjects.

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1
Fundação Procoração, Brazil; Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia, Brazil. Electronic address: scherr@all.com.br.
2
Fundação Procoração, Brazil; Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
3
Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia, Brazil.
4
Fundação Procoração, Brazil.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The increasing use of conducted electronic weapons (CEW) cause concern regarding its secure application, specially regarding the implications in the cardiovascular system.

METHODS:

The objective was to determine Spark CEW safety through cardiovascular parameters analysis of healthy volunteers subjected to its use.

RESULTS:

Volunteers over 18years without cardiovascular disease or recent use of illegal drugs were submitted, before and after being affected with Spark CEW, to clinical evaluation; blood collection for serum laboratory tests; transthoracic electrocardiography at rest, transthoracic echodopplercardiogram and 24hour Holter.

RESULTS:

All 71 patients reported being incapable of any voluntary reaction during the shock of the application time. No arrhythmia or myocardial necrosis was related to the use of non-lethal weapon SPARK. Reported adverse events were self-limited, and mostly mild.

CONCLUSIONS:

SPARK brand CEW is effective in incapacitating individuals by the shock of the application time, without causing.

KEYWORDS:

Arrythmia; Blood pressure; Conducted electronic weapons; Myocardium; Prevention; Safety

PMID:
27718445
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.08.321
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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