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electroconvulsive therapy, electroconvulsive treatment, ECT (s); electroconvulsive therapies, electroconvulsive treatments, ECTs (pl) (nouns)
1. The induction of a brief convulsion by passing an electric current through the brain for the treatment of affective disorders; especially, in patients resistant to psychoactive-drug therapy.
2. The use of an electric shock to produce convulsions.
Electroconvulsive therapy is primarily used when rapid definitive response is required for either medical or psychiatric reasons; such as, for a patient who is extremely suicidal and when the risks of other treatments outweigh the risk of ECT.
3. The use of controlled, measured doses of electric shock to induce convulsions.
There is a use for this type of treatment with specific types of mental illness; especially, if acute depression and suicidal intentions are present.
Such convulsions can sometimes treat clinical depressions which can not be treated with medication.
This entry is located in the following units: electro-, electr-, electri- (page 26) therap-, -therapeutic[s], -therapeutically, -therapy, -therapies, -therapist (page 5) tra-, tract-, trac-, -tractive, -traction, -tracting, treat-, trai- (page 4) vuls-, vell- (page 2)
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electroconvulsive therapy management (s) (noun)
A nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as assisting with the safe and efficient provision of electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of psychiatric illness.
This entry is located in the following units: electro-, electr-, electri- (page 26) therap-, -therapeutic[s], -therapeutically, -therapy, -therapies, -therapist (page 5) vuls-, vell- (page 2)