Taser Chandler Az Guidelines for Taser Removal
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Guidelines for Police Officer Removal of Taser Probes From Subject Supplies: Gloves, Antiseptic wipes, Band-Aids, Spent Cartridge, Biohazard Sticker Subject Safety: DO NOT attempt removal if subject is combative DO NOT attempt removal if location of the probe is Face Neck Ear Breast Groin Deeply imbedded Probes that are superficially in the skin, may be removed by an officer who is trained to do so and under the supervision of another officer. Procedure: 1. Officer dons gloves 2. Places spent taser cartridge on the ground or other flat surface with holes up 3. Firmly grasp the probe and with one pull remove probe from subject and place probe point down in the spent cartridge DO NOT HOLD CARTRIDGE WHILE PLACING USED PROBE INTO CARTIDGE, INSTEAD KEEP IT ON THE GROUND OR OTHER FLAT SURFACE 4. With antiseptic wipe, clean the skin in circular motion moving from puncture wound out - dirty skin will need more than one cleaning – use new antiseptic wipe for each cleaning DO NOT GO BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE PUNCTURE WOUND, START IN CENTER AND MOVE OUTWARD IN A CIRCULAR MOTION (this is to prevent infection of the puncture site) 5. After air drying apply clean dry Band-Aid 6. If needed, follow same procedure for removal of second taser probe 7. Each fired probe shall be treated as a biohazard whether it is in the skin or not at the time of post-deployment evaluation 8. Secure holes of spent taser cartridge with tape and apply biohazard label 9. Handle, store and dispose of cartridge in the same manner as biohazardous waste 10. Assess subject for any injury or condition that may need medical attention and seek appropriate level of service for the subject 11. Provide Taser AfterCare Instruction Sheet to the subject or subject’s responsible party if released from custody and to admitting jail if subject is incarcerated 12. Remove gloves and clean hands with waterless hand sanitizer Prepared for Chandler Police Department Training Use 04/01/2003 by Kerry Cassens RN, BSN, COHN-S, Occupational Health Services, City of Chandler Risk Management & Safety Division In Consultation with Patricia Treharne, M.D. Medical Director, Banner Occupational Health Services