Bay City, MI - A medical examiner has ruled that the use of a taser on 15-year-old Brett Elder played a role in his death. Oakland County Assistant Medical Examiner Kanu Virani says the cause of his death is two-fold. The first part is identified as alcohol-induced excited delirium syndrome...[cough cough] The autopsy indicates Elder had been drinking [yeah, that'll kill you every time]. The second part states the application of an electromuscular disruptive device was a contributory factor -- that disruptive device being the Taser. Virani's conclusion is that Elder's death was accidental. [LINK]
Taser International says that the taser is essentially perfectly safe with respect to internal risk factors. And yet, in this case, it played a contributing role in the death of an otherwise healthy young man that had been drinking.
So the taser should not be used on people that have been drinking?
So WTF was the intended audience for tasers?
PS1: Did anyone perform a postmortem test for VF on this victim? [LINK]
If not, why not?
PS2: Review the Interesting hit from Michigin [LINK] 25 April 2009 - Lambertville, Michigan arrived from google.com on "www.Excited-Delirium.com" by searching for: where to send brain to deborah mash for excited delirium analysis.
Lambertville, MI and Oakland County are both in the SE corner of MI.
It would be extraordinary if they sent a brain tissue sample to Dr. Mash to prove Excited Delirium and simultaneously didn't bother to conduct the postmortem test for ventricular fibrillation.
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