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Year : 1993  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-86

The Practice of ECT in India : II. The Practical Administration of ECT


1 Assistant Professor of Psychopharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore - 560 029, India
2 Professor of Psychiatry, King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India
3 Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Chittaranjan Andrade
Assistant Professor of Psychopharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore - 560 029
India
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A questionnaire on ECT, tapping attitudes, opinions and usage, was mailed to all medical members of the Indian Psychiatric Society whose addresses were known; 263 (28.8%) responded. This paper, the second in a series that presents the results of the survey, describes the practical administration of ECT. Specific issues discussed are the availability of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation kit, ECT premedication, the ECT device, certain aspects of ECT stimulation, the electrode placement during ECT, administration of multiple ECT during a single treatment session and monitoring of the seizure duration. It is concluded that, in many respects, the practical administration of ECT in India in suboptimal; further research is required in certain areas.



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