Card Set Information
ECT is used to treat:
Depression that does not respond to antidepressants
Elderly who experience severe side effects of medications
Can pregnant women receive ECT?
Yes, does not harm fetus.
ECT may also treat:
Actively suicidal clients while waiting for response to medications
Acute manic episodes (rapid cycling with very destructive behavior)
Procedure of ECT:
Meds that increase the seizure threshold must be discontinued for several days or decreased.
MAOI and lithium discontinued 2 weeks before.
Must be NPO for 8-12 hours prior ECT.
Use bite guard
Use BP cuff to monitor effects to one side of arm.
ECT causes what?
Increased risk in:
Intracrainal mass lesion
ECT is not useful in: