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Human Electromuscular Incapacitation (HEMI) Devices in Trainees

Award Information

Award #
2005-IJ-CX-K065
Funding Category
Competitive
Location
Awardee County
Essex
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2005
Total funding (to date)
$1,205,970
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $375,000)

These funds to University of Medicine & Dentistry, NJ Medical School are to study the physiological and neurocognitive effects of tasering in humans. The study will collect musculature, cardiorespiratory and neurophycological data pre and post tasering. This systematic evaluation is an overall strategy to understand safety and risk of tasing in humans. ca/ncf

This is a continuation of a study of the physiological and neurocognitive effects of TASING in humans. NJ Medical School will recruit volunteers from human electromuscular interruption (HEMI) training programs and will study those who are TASED in a repeated measures design. A battery of pre-TASING, acute post-TASING, and longitudinal post-TASING data will be collected in three domains: musculature, cardiorespiratory, and neurophycological. These data will represent the first systematic evaluation of TASING in humans. The study will be part of an overall strategy to understand safety and risk of TASING in humans.
nca/ncf

This is a continuation of a study of the physiological and neurocognitive effects of TASING in humans. NJ Medical School will recruit volunteers from human electromuscular interruption (HEMI) training programs and will study those who are TASED in a repeated measures design. A battery of pre-TASING, acute post-TASING, and longitudinal post-TASING data will be collected in three domains: musculature, cardiorespiratory, and neurophycological. These data will represent the first systematic evaluation of TASING in humans. The study will be part of an overall strategy to understand safety and risk factors associated with TASING in humans.

nca/ncf

CEDs produce electrical discharge to depolarize muscle, induce tetanus, and eliminate voluntary motor control. CEDs are touted to be non-injurious and nonlethal. Until very recently, TI required that trainees experience TASING first hand; TI now only strongly recommends TASING of trainees. No law enforcement officer has died as a result of a training TASING. The risk of death notwithstanding, there should be concern over the possibility of less extreme health effects: increased vulnerability to motoric or cardiorespiratory injury, cognitive and emotional alterations.

Therefore, we propose to study the physiological and neurocognitive effects of TASING in humans. We will recruit volunteers from HEMI training programs. We will study those who are TASED in a repeated measures design. A battery of pre-TASING, acute post-TASING, and longitudinal post-TASING data will be collected in three domains: musculature, cardiorespiratory, and neuropsychological.

These data will represent the first systematic evaluation of TASING in humans. This study is also part of an overall strategy to understand safety and risk of TASING in humans. ca/ncf

Date Created: August 30, 2005