Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Postmortem Diagnosis of VF

Taser's worst nightmare?

Ventricular Fibrillation and Sudden Coronary Death
By Mina E. Rajskina
Edition: 2, illustrated.
Published by Springer, 1999
ISBN 0792385705, 9780792385707


Preview on Google Books [LINK]

Page 157: 6.4.1.2 Postmortem Diagnosis of Ventricular Fibrillation

Basically, the distribution of potassium (K) in the heart tissue can be used to determine if the otherwise-invisible ventricular fibrillation (VF) was occurring during death. Related on-line searches reveal other reports about using other chemical tracers (Na, Ca and K) to indicate what was happening in the heart during the events leading to death.

Obviously, this sort of postmortem test should be performed on all tasered-then-dead victims. If the sequence tasered-then-dead can be shown to also include VF, then it would go a long way to solving the taser 'Proof Issue'.

2 comments:

MJ said...

This info about post-mortem identification of VF is extremely valuable to me - I will be forwarding it to all Australian coroners and forensic pathologists.
Amazing work you're doing - many thanks.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Excellent, that's the reason I started this blog: To make sure that the other side of the story is told.

I've seen evidence that coroners are directed to contact Dr. Mash for postmortem brain testing to 'prove' excited delirium. If such things are combined with NOT testing for VF, then that is evidence of something, but I'm not sure what.

Good luck.