Saturday, August 1, 2009

Don't Tase Me, Bro

Seems like the issue of violence in the ED is getting a fair amount of attention lately.  According to this editorial, one Maine emergency department is purchasing tasers for its overnight security staff.

Personally, I'm not comfortable with the idea of electrocuting patients.  I think there's a risk of tasers being overused, and it runs contrary to the notion of a hospital as a healing environment.  But the fact that purchasing tasers is even under consideration indicates how serious the problem of ED violence can be.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's a problem. I worked and lived just south of Bangor for some time and the lack of services for the mentally ill, plus the usual suspects in the Recreational Chemistry, Gun, and Knife Club could make for some interesting times. I'd rather have a taser available and subdue a violent patient by force than be beaten to a pulp by a drunk.