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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can be a very effective treatment for patients that are severely depressed, suicidal or have a bipolar disorder with depression or mania. At Porter Adventist Hospital, we believe in whole person care that addresses each person's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is this legacy of caring that provides the foundation of our comprehensive mental health services, including ECT for adults 19 years of age and older. It can be a life-saving treatment for people who are:
The decision to pursue ECT as a treatment option is one that typically comes after much discussion and exploration of other therapies. When you choose Porter for your patient's ECT needs, you will be working with an organization that has a highly qualified staff and a reputation for compassion, excellence, and patient education.
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At Porter Adventist Hospital ECT patients receive:
Outpatient ECT services are appropriate for patients who have at least one reliable support person. In particular, the patient must have:
Although ECT is often performed as an outpatient procedure, patients are candidates for an inpatient ECT series in some circumstances. These include situations in which the patient:
ECT is performed under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist and a psychiatrist. The series is done on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday rotation for an average of 8-12 treatments. Subsequent maintenance ECT may be done weekly or monthly, based upon the particular needs of a patient.
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Before a patient is eligible for ECT services, two licensed psychiatrists must each render separate opinions that ECT would benefit the patient. This is mandatory under Colorado law.
If you believe your patient is a candidate for ECT, a qualified team of ECT psychiatrists at Porter Adventist Hospital is available to evaluate your patient for a second opinion. If you would like a Porter Adventist Hospital psychiatrist to provide a consultation and subsequent ECT, please follow these steps:
We strongly encourage you continue to see your patient during the ECT series so you may evaluate its effectiveness.
Send the completed
First Opinion Letter to the consulting psychiatrist:
Porter Adventist Hospital
2525 S Downing St, 1 South
Denver, CO 80210
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