Electroconvulsive therapy

  • Created by: Natasha
  • Created on: 28-03-13 17:22
  • The original procedure involved passing very high currents of electricity across both hemispheres of the bran and was known to lead to severe memory loss, speech disorders and irreversible brain damage. 
  • Modern technquies are much more humane and patient is given muscle relaxants and short-acting anaesthetic before ECT.
  • Standard procedure is unilateral (performed on one temple) and involves adminstering a current of between 70 and 130 volts for between half a second to five seconds. This usually induces convulsions for a…


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