Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Electroconvulsive therapy is a prescribed therapy which relieves symptoms of various psychiatric conditions and other illnesses by using an electrical current in a controlled setting. ECT is prescribed by a specially trained psychiatrist and performed by a medical team that includes a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist and ECT nurses. ECT takes place in a designated unit at St. Joseph Hospital.

ECT is a safe treatment, posing minimal risk for patients who have been medically cleared following a physical exam, lab tests, EKG and X-rays. Patients receive medication prior to therapy. Blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and cardiac activity are monitored before, during and after ECT and medications are adjusted as needed. As a result, patients do not experience any discomfort.

Questions? Call St. Joseph Hospital's ECT unit at (260) 425-3520.