Sunday, November 21, 2010
TWO different tazerings, if that's a word, in the SAME shift.
Patient #1: A 33 year old male, upstanding citizen, allegedly high on PCP was attempting to steal a car. The police quickly got involved and tried to arrest him. But the PCP gave him superhuman strength. After EIGHT police officers could not contain him, they tazered him. One tazer, no response and he kept coming. Second tazer, no response and he kept coming. Third tazer, and he dropped dead.
He was brought to me as a full cardiopulmonary arrest. There was no saving him. The combination of the catecholamine surge from the drugs and the tazers was too much for his hear. And of course his family is making a huge deal about it and wants to sue the police. In my opinion, they should of just shot him.
Patient # 2: Same night about 4 hours later a 37 year old male was admitted for altered mental status and DKA. He was in full alcohol withdrawal, but also his metabolic system was also in terror from the DKA. He had a foley in place to monitor his urine output. He was on tons of fluids and insulin for the DKA, but he was also on an ativan drip for his agitation and alcohol withdrawal.
Eventually he became too hard to control as well. As I was ordering more sedation, or hospital police showed up. Problem is....there is no reasoning with an altered person from drugs or alcohol.
The patient ran out of the room naked into the halls, RIPPED out his foley and started attacking the police with it!! So the police tazered him in the middle of the ER. It was awesome.
Posted by SerenityNow at 9:26 AM