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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) at SummitRidge Hospital

SummitRidge Hospital offers Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The procedure is administered at our facility under the supervision of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist, and an ECT nursing team.

ECT provides another option for relief of severe depression and thoughts of suicide for those who are unresponsive to traditional therapy and medication management.

What is Electroconvulsive Therapy?

Electroconvulsive Therapy is a treatment for adults 18 years and older who suffer from severe episodes of major depression, persistent suicidal ideation, mania and some types of schizophrenia and who have either not responded to medications or whose symptoms are too severe to permit medication trials. The procedure occurs two to three times a week for a total of six to 12 treatments.

Is ECT Effective?

Electroconvulsive Therapy has been proven to be a useful treatment method with more than half of severely treatment-resistant patients achieving remission, according to the National Institutes of Health. Still, there is no guarantee that ECT will be effective. Your doctor will discuss with you why ECT inpatient or ECT outpatient therapy is being recommended and what alternative treatments may be available.

Is ECT Safe?

Prior to Electroconvulsive Therapy, patients will undergo a physical and psychiatric evaluation to ensure that the treatments can be administered in the most effective manner. Medications may be adjusted to minimize risk and maximize effectiveness. However, all treatments have risks and side effects. The most common side effects of ECT include muscle aches, nausea, short-term memory loss and headaches.

Am I Eligible for ECT?

There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at SummitRidge Hospital to assess if you are a candidate for ECT therapy. Our Medical Staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.

How Does ECT work?

At SummitRidge Hospital, Electroconvulsive Therapy is performed by a team of medical professionals specifically trained in its delivery. This team consists of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and nursing staff. The psychiatrist commonly delivers the ECT stimulation. The anesthesia team administers general anesthesia, medications and monitors the patient’s medical status throughout the procedure. After the treatment, nursing staff will continue to monitor the patient’s progress until they return to the inpatient or outpatient unit.

What to Expect after ECT?

While Electroconvulsive Therapy is an extremely effective treatment, it is only one component of a complete treatment regimen. After your ECT course, medications will likely be required as maintenance therapy to help prevent a return of your illness. ECT cannot resolve other problems associated with personal relationships or how an individual copes with the stressors of life. Other interventions such as psychotherapy may be recommended.

ECT Referral Checklist

All patient referrals to the ECT program must be medically cleared by a professional prior to the initial consultation with our staff. During the consultation, our staff will explain the details of the procedure and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

In order to help determine if ECT is an appropriate course of treatment, please be prepared to share the following information with our professional staff:

  • Brief history of present illness and symptoms
  • Justification for ECT treatment
  • Past psychiatric substance use history
  • Medical history
  • Allergies
  • Previous medication trials
  • Current medications
  • Mental status exam results
  • Patient’s assets and strengths
  • Medical history and physical examination
  • Pertinent labs
  • Signature of referring psychiatrist

A complete outpatient ECT referral form will be provided by ECT staff.

We encourage all professionals to call our Assessment Department with any referrals to our programs. Our ECT staff will follow up on all ECT inquiries.

 

There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at Mayhill Hospital to assess if you are a candidate for ECT treatment. Our Medical Staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.

Health and Healing are a Phone Call Away

If you or a loved one is struggling with psychiatric or substance abuse difficulties, SummitRidge Hospital may be able to help. Call 678-442-5858 for a no-cost, confidential assessment today.