The Health Effects of Conducted Energy Weapons is a joint report produced by the Council of Canadian Academies and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
OTTAWA, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - A new expert panel report, entitled The Health Effects of Conducted Energy Weapons, was released today by the Council of Canadian Academies in
collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
The assessment was conducted by a 14-member panel of distinguished
multidisciplinary experts and chaired by the Honourable Justice Stephen
T. Goudge from the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The Expert Panel was
asked to consider the state of knowledge about the medical and
physiological impacts of conducted energy weapons (CEWs).
Based on a review of the best available research, the Panel determined
that, while potentially fatal respiratory and cardiac complications are
plausible if a number of factors are in place, their occurrence is
rare. The Panel also concluded that:
there is a need for higher-quality evidence to fully understand the
relationship between CEW use and potential adverse health effects;
a comparable and standardized approach for documenting and reporting
adverse effects after a CEW discharge, by law enforcement and health
professionals, is needed to improve the state of the evidence; and
improved surveillance and monitoring should be taken into account when
considering future policies and practices.
This report is one of the most comprehensive assessments of national and
international evidence to date regarding the health effects of CEWs,
and will complement other work on appropriate use, testing, and safety
of CEW devices.
To learn more about the Expert Panel's report, please visit www.scienceadvice.ca or view a brief video at http://scienceadvice.ca/en/assessments/completed/cew.aspx
About the Council of Canadian Academies
The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit
organization that began operation in 2005. The Council supports
evidence-based, expert assessments to inform public policy development
in Canada. Assessments are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary
panels of experts from across Canada and abroad. The Council's
blue-ribbon panels serve free of charge and many are Fellows of the
Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian
Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
The Council's vision is to be a trusted voice for science in the public
interest. For more information, visit www.scienceadvice.ca.
About the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
CAHS recognizes individuals of great achievement in the academic health
sciences in Canada. Founded in 2004, CAHS has approximately 400 Fellows
and appoints new Fellows on an annual basis. The organization is
managed by a voluntary Board of Directors and a Board Executive. The
main function of CAHS is to provide timely, informed, and unbiased
assessments of urgent issues affecting the health of Canadians. The
Academy also monitors global health-related events to enhance Canada's
state of readiness for the future, and provides a Canadian voice for
health sciences internationally.
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SOURCE: Council of Canadian Academies
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