What equipment is needed to perform electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Mehul V Mankad, MD; Chief Editor: Dennis M Popeo, MD  more...
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The ECT treatment and recovery areas should contain equipment to monitor vital signs and provide initial management of medical emergencies. An optimal treatment site includes separate functional areas for waiting, treatment, and recovery. [1]

A stethoscope, a blood pressure measurement device, electrocardiographic and pulse oximetry measurement devices, and an oxygen delivery system should be present. Supplies for inducing anesthesia, providing ventilation, monitoring physiologic functions (including seizure activity), and performing resuscitation should be present.

Examples of ECT machines available in the United States include the Thymatron System IV (Somatics, LLC, Lake Bluff, Ill) and the MECTA Spectrum 5000Q (MECTA Corporation, Lake Oswego, Ore). Extensive details on equipment, physiologic monitoring, and treatment site can be found in the American Psychiatric Association's Task Force Report. [1]

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