Anaesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy
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Anaesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be challenging for the anaesthetist with no prior experience. Most ECT facilities are located in remote, unfamiliar environments (Royal College of Anaesthetists, 2016). In the UK, the ECT Accreditation Service (ECTAS) has driven improvement in standards, addressing areas of criticism and bringing some level of uniformity (ECTAS, 2016; Bwalya et al., 2011; Simpson and Lynch, 1998). In this chapter, a brief examination of the issues relating to anaesthetic practice is made.