Special Panel Review of Excited Delirium   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This report constitutes the proceedings of a meeting of a special panel convened by the Weapons and Protective Systems Technologies Center (WPSTC) to examine the subject of Excited Delirium Syndrome (ExDS) and the interventions being cooperatively developed by the law enforcement and medical communities. The purpose of the meeting was to examine the phenomenon of 'excited delirium' and its association with the use-of-force in general and the use of CEDs [conductive energy devices] in particular. Additionally, the panel was to review, discuss, and examine related medical and other first responder protocols. The immediate objectives of the meeting were to (1) assess the current body of knowledge regard in excited delirium, (2) determine whether or not existing protocols appear to mitigate the phenomenon, and (3) identify the research questions that might remain. The long-range goal for the panel is to arrive at some consensus on a set of interventions that ideally (1) would reduce the likelihood of sudden and unexpected incustody deaths and (2) would not be harmful in any case, as well as to (3) identify and qualify [characterize] the associated risks."

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