Electronic control device prongs: a growing cause of bloodborne pathogen exposure?
Infection Control; Department of Emergency Medicine; Employee Health Services; Employee Health & Occupational Injury Care and Wellness; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Letter to the Editor
Conducted Energy Weapon Injuries
Electronic control devices (ECDs) are now being used by many law enforcement agencies as nonlethal means to subdue individuals. The devices fire 2 small dart-like probes into a target individual that attach through the skin with a fishhook-like prong and remain attached to the weapon to deliver an electronic shock to disrupt voluntary muscle control. For the first time in our reported sharps exposure history, 2 separate BBP exposures involving ECD probes were reported at our medical center in the months of April and May of 2015. The first involved a staff member in our medical center's emergency department (ED) and the second concerned a law enforcement officer.
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Citation: Bradbury SL, Reznek M, Sullivan S, Adamo P, Mack D, Ellison RT 3rd. Electronic control device prongs: a growing cause of bloodborne pathogen exposure? Am J Infect Control. 2015 Dec 1;43(12):1373-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.07.015. PubMed PMID: 26654240.
taser injuries, sharp injuries
Bradbury, Susan L.; Reznek, Martin A.; Sullivan, Susan; Adamo, Philip; Mack, Deborah Ann; and Ellison, Richard T. III, "Electronic control device prongs: a growing cause of bloodborne pathogen exposure?" (2015). Infectious Diseases and Immunology Publications and Presentations. 217.