The use of TASER devices in UK policing: an update for clinicians following the recent introduction of the TASER 7

Emerg Med J. 2023 Feb;40(2):147-150. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2022-212521. Epub 2022 Jul 19.


Taser was introduced into UK policing in 2003 to bridge the operational gap between use of incapacitant sprays and firearms. Use of force reporting in the UK indicates that Taser is relatively safe provided that it is used lawfully. Taser use can result in injuries and has been implicated in a small number of deaths. The latest version of the weapon, the TASER 7, has entered UK policing. The TASER 7 uses a novel probe that has implications for the medical community. A review of Taser medical effects and probe removal for TASER 7 are presented.

Keywords: Forensic Medicine; assessment; pre-hospital; trauma; violence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Police*
  • United Kingdom