Electroconvulsive Therapy Policy Guideline

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a therapeutic medical procedure for the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. In South Australia, ECT is a prescribed treatment under Section 42 of the Mental Health Act (2009).

The Electroconvulsive Therapy Policy Guideline provides a comprehensive guide for the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in South Australian health facilities.

This Guideline describes each element of the trtreateatment pathway, from the indications for ECT, risks, consent and legal issues, to the treatment itself, including the facilities that are required, patient preparation, anaesthesia and administration of ECT. Requirements for quality control and facility accreditation are also addressed.

The Electroconvulsive Therapy Policy Guideline is to be used in conjunction with the Chief Psychiatrist Standard – Electroconvulsive Therapy and ECT practiced in line with any relevant national safety and quality standards, professional standards, Local Health Network facility protocols and procedures, as appropriate.

The mental health outcomes for individual patients and relevant ECT services that result from this prescribed treatment will be routinely measured and systematically monitored to ensure continuous quality improvement and assist in health service review.

For further information, please email SA Health - Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.

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