Health
6:10 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Tasing Study Reveals No Additional Risk to Chest

A new study on the use of tasers says there is no added risk if you're hit in the chest.

Jeff Tiberii: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center looked at 1200 real-life instances where law enforcement officers used a taser. Dr. William Bozeman is Director of Pre-Hospital Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist.

William Bozeman: And what we found was, that we could not see any higher rise of injury or problems or complications in people who had the tazer probes land across the front of the chest. And we thought that was very important.

22-percent of the individuals in the study had been tased in the chest. Bozeman says an individual is far more likely to be seriously injured or even killed by suffering a fall related to being tased.