Clinical Applicability of Monitoring the Time Interval Between Anesthesia and Electroconvulsive Therapy

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Abstract

The anesthetic–electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) time interval (time interval elapsed from the beginning of anesthesia injection to the beginning of ECT stimulus) has been reported to have an important impact on seizure quality outcomes, because it is an indirect measure of the anesthetic plasma concentration when the ECT electrical stimulus is administered. We report the importance of the routine monitoring of this time interval in clinical settings, as an additional measure to interpret seizure quality outcomes at each ECT session, to further assist on ECT dosing decisions during the treatment course.

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