ECTAS library of discussions 

ECTAS operates an email discussion forum which is open to staff from member services.  The forum comprises of over 600 professionals including psychiatrists, anaesthetists, nurses and ODPs, as well as patients who are ECTAS peer reviewers or members of ECTAS committees.

The forum is a frequently used resource where staff can seek advice and expertise from peers across the UK.

ECTAS maintains a library of the discussions from the forum, extending back over 10 years.  ECTAS member services can request these discussions by contacting the ECTAS project team.

  • Bifrontal ECT
  • Concave paddles (use of)
  • Consenting patients for unilateral/bilateral
  • Dose titration
  • Impedance
  • Inadequate seizures
  • Seizure threshold
  • Ultra-brief pulse treatment
  • Unilateral vs bilateral treatment
  • Anaesthetic machines
  • Asystole
  • Bradycardia
  • Breathing circuit
  • Capnography
  • Consent to anaesthesia
  • Consultant anaesthetist input
  • Intubation
  • Ketamine as an anaesthetic agent
  • Maintaining anaesthesia
  • Malignant hyperpyexia
  • Malignant hyperthermia
  • Methohexitone
  • Prolonged QTC
  • Pseudocholinesterase
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Sedation prior to ECT
  • Subdurals
  • Use of volatile agents and infusion pumps
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • ACE-III
  • Capacity assessments
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Depression rating scales
  • Measuring time to orientation
  • MMSE
  • Measuring subjective experience
  • Post-ECT audit tools
  • Valid attitude scales
  • Back up ECT machines
  • Cleaning ECT paddles
  • EEG skin prep wipes
  • EEG traces (paper copies)
  • Electrode gel
  • Infection control policy
  • Mouth guards
  • Old ECT machines
  • Support cushions
  • Thymatron servicing
  • Trolleys
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Agitation/aggression
  • Alzheimer's
  • Anorexia
  • Aortic stenosis
  • BMI (high)
  • Bone graft
  • Brain injury
  • Burns (recent) 
  • Catatonia (frequency of treatment; anaesthesia)
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Cochlear implant/hearing aids
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Delusional disorder
  • Dementia
  • Detached retina
  • Driving (during the course)
  • DVT
  • Epilepsy
  • Frontal lobe dementia
  • Haematomas
  • High dose benzodiazepines
  • Implant in temporal area
  • Intracerebral clip
  • Intracranial metal objects
  • Macro adenoma
  • Medication cessation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myoclonic jerks
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Non-convulsive status epilepticus
  • Pacemaker
  • Parkinsons
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Post-epileptic catatonia
  • Post-natal psychosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Stroke (patient with history of)
  • Young people (under 18)
  • 'Call The Midwife'
  • Participation in TV programmes
  • Remote sites
  • District general hospitals/theatres
  • Mobile units
  • Transporting patients from one site to another/travelling to the ECT suite
  • People observing treatment; relatives; medical students; students of other disciplines.
  • Advance directives
  • Capacity & consent (a variety of discussions available, including consent to anaesthesia)
  • Community Treatment Orders
  • Form T6
  • NICE guidelines
  • Section 62
  • SOAD
  • Amalgamating clinics
  • Carer involvement
  • Clinic catchment area
  • Cost of treatment
  • One-stop clinics
  • Staffing
  • Throughput (safe levels)
  • Agitated depression
  • Catatonia
  • Consent to treatment
  • Recurring mania
  • GPs
  • Junior doctors - training & assessment
  • Life support training
  • Recovery nurses
  • Update training for administering doctors
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