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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Risk of VF with X26...

The Taser Analysis Report [LINK]:

"...for a typical X26 [with darts on chest] (A04; pulse duration: 0.060 ms; body current: 2.12 A) the probability of ventricular fibrillation is estimated at about 5% (if Taser pulses trigger extrasystoles)..."

And that's for a non-defective X26 taser - given certain conditions.

I'll bet that if someone crunches the numbers a bit further (weighting non-defective and defective tasers by their frequency), adjusting for the other real-world factors and conditions, then they'll find that these theoretical results really do match the real-world results that we see, and that I've been reporting on in this blog.

Which is: X26 taser - with darts on-chest - low end of single digits


Taser folks must be sleeping under their bed these days. It must be terribly frightening to realize that there has been a major monophasic f_ck-up with the X26, and the plaintiffs' lawyers are now armed with enough ammunition to blow Taser International and their minions into the next galaxy. They'll live to regret their aggressive promises of essentially-perfect safety as exemplified by the infamous IEEE Spectrum puff-piece.


I wonder if their Insurance Company is following this news. Hmmm... Do you think that their liability insurance rates might be about to skyrocket? Anyone interested in a taser that costs $80,000 each (wild ass guess)?


Hey and note this! The Taser Analysis Report is concentrating on the exact part of the X26 taser waveform that I've been harping on about for the past year or so. That damn monophasic pulse, unique to the X26, found just after the visually-distracting arc phase. See [LINK] [LINK] and many more...

A big fat told-ya-so to the pro-taser forces.

Conga Line forms here...

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