A 32-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me if a patient is admitted for electroconvulsive treatment (ect) and the physician orders the neuromuscular blocking, is that normal?
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Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: In the process of administering ect, an intravenous medication that paralyzes the muscles is standard treatment. It is used for the patient's protection, to avoid fractures and injury during a seizure. If the medicine was not used, each time an ECT treatment was administered, the patient would experience a full grand mal seizure, and risk considerable damage.
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
The neuromuscular: block allows the ECT to be administered safely.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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