Less-than-lethal weapons and the general practitioner
Keywords:less-than-lethal weapons, crowd control, rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, pepper balls, conducted electrical weapons, TASER, water cannons, sound injury
When general practitioners are faced with claims of less-than-lethal weapon injuries, or when such injuries are suspected based on limited evidence or information, they are obliged to investigate and manage the process. This paper will consider an approach to such a situation. It will briefly introduce some underlying basic theory behind these weapons and the potential effects, as well as some illustrations of how to document and manage such cases.