Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Training
Daniel F. Maixner, M.D.
Director of Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Visiting psychiatrists can attend our ECT training program which is tailored to those physicians who are interested in establishing their own ECT program or who wish to update their ECT skills and knowledge. One or two day seminars can be arranged. An ECT textbook and recent ECT articles are provided. The learning experience consists of observing ECT treatments conducted by our team and didactic lectures. Lecture topics include:
Theoretical Aspects/Mechanisms of Action of ECT
Stimulus Dosing/Electrode Placement
Indications for ECT
Nursing Role in ECT
Anesthesiology Considerations in ECT
Documentation in ECT
Our ECT nurse coordinator provides half-day training to nurses covering ECT nursing procedures with a focus on a team approach. In this concentrated format, participants will have the opportunity to observe several ECT treatments performed by the ECT team. Sequential materials and lectures with the ECT treatment nurse offers information about the basics of ECT, standards of ECT nursing practice, and pre and post assessments/management of ECT patients. In addition, nursing documentation pertinent to ECT is reviewed.