Pa. Health Department Condemns Hospital TASER Use

Published: December 14, 2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Security personnel at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) have deployed TASERs on hospital grounds four times since December 2008, prompting the Pennsylvania Department of Health to denounced the practice in a recent report.

The department of health stated in a report published in October that the use of stun guns on patients was prohibited and that hospital personnel should use the least restrictive means of restraint possible when subduing a patient, reports Lehighvalleylive.com. LVH security staff used TASERs to subdue violent patients, allegedly violating state and federal rules for the use of stun guns.

LVH released a statement refuting the health department’s findings. It stated that the use of TASERs was related to law enforcement incidents in the hospital, not patient care. However, LVH suspended the use of TASERs on Oct. 15, following the release of the health department report.

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