Title

Electronic control device prongs: a growing cause of bloodborne pathogen exposure?

UMMS Affiliation

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

Publication Date

12-1-2015

Document Type

Letter to the Editor

Subjects

Conducted Energy Weapon Injuries

Disciplines

Emergency Medicine | Infectious Disease | Public Health

Abstract

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.

Keywords

taser injuries, sharp injuries

Rights and Permissions

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.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American journal of infection control

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

26654240