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Ect intensive delirium

R M Nielsen, K S Olsen, A Oe Lauritsen, H C Boesen
PURPOSE: Delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU) is conventionally treated pharmacologically but can progress into a protracted state refractory to medical treatment--a potentially life-threatening condition in itself. METHODS: We treated 5 cases of severe protracted delirium in our ICU with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) after failure of conventional medical therapy. RESULTS: The delirious state of long standing agitation, anxiety, and discomfort was controlled in all patients...
October 2014: Journal of Critical Care
Irving M Reti, Aparna Krishnan, Adam Podlisky, April Sharp, Melinda Walker, Karin J Neufeld, Matthew J Hayat
BACKGROUND: Postictal delirium is a common adverse effect of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and can be dangerous to both patient and staff caring for them in the postanesthesia care unit. However, little is known about predictors of postictal delirium. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify predictors of postictal delirium. We hypothesized that both patient and ECT treatment variables might influence the likelihood of postictal delirium. METHODS: We prospectively monitored postictal delirium in the postanesthesia care unit using the Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit after the first ECT treatment of 96 consecutive patients...
May 2014: Psychosomatics
Mohamed Naguib, Robert Koorn
Despite many predictions that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) would be replaced by pharmacotherapy, ECT has remained an invaluable adjunct in the management of severe psychiatric disease. Both pharmacotherapy and ECT continue to be used extensively, and will frequently be administered concurrently. The majority of patients requiring ECT will need anaesthesia; therefore, interactions could conceivably occur between the psychotropic drugs, ECT and the anaesthetic agents utilised. In managing an anaesthetic for ECT the effects of the anaesthetic agents and other medications on seizure intensity are important determinants influencing outcome...
2002: CNS Drugs
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