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
Emergency Medicine | Infectious Disease | Public Health
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.
taser injuries, sharp injuries
DOI of Published Version
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.
American journal of infection control
Bradbury SL, Reznek MA, Sullivan S, Adamo P, Mack D, Ellison RT. (2015). Electronic control device prongs: a growing cause of bloodborne pathogen exposure?. Infectious Diseases and Immunology Publications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2015.07.015. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/infdis_pp/217