1h 15m

Electro-Convulsive Therapy

Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical procedure that is used to treat severe mental health disorders such as clinical depression, mania and psychosis. This Course explores the history and theories underpinning the use of ECT, who may benefit from this form of treatment and how any adverse effects may be prevented.

10 Oct 2017

Learning Outcomes

Describe

Describe ECT and how the treatment works

Identify

Identify the mental health disorders for which ECT is indicated

Identify

Identify the mental and physical conditions for which it is contraindicated

Describe

Describe adverse effects associated with ECT and how they can be minimised

Educator

Comments

very informative -- 19 Apr 2018
The Presentation was clear and informative. I would thoroughly recommend this unit to my work colleagues. -- 17 Apr 2018
Thank you for the knowledge in this VLA. It was extremely helpful and I will be back for more VLA's -- 14 Mar 2018
well presented,and articulated -- 23 Dec 2017

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • The origin of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Electrode placement
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Minimising adverse effects

Target audience

Nurses and other health professionals caring for people who are undergoing electro-convulsive therapy (ECT).

Purpose

Enhance knowledge of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) as a treatment for some types of mental health conditions.

Need

Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical procedure that is commonly used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, namely, clinical depression, mania and psychosis. Nurses have cared for people undergoing ECT since its inception, and an important part of their care is the provision of information and psychological support. People receiving ECT and their carers may seek explanation and reassurance from nurses regarding their treatment. In order to provide sufficient information and support, healthcare professionals must understand what ECT is and why it is used – there is a need to be able to answer the questions of people undergoing ECT and their carers over the course of their treatment.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.