NCLEX RN Practice Question # 747

NCLEX Examination.

Practice Question # 747.


NCLEX Examination



  • ECT is an effective treatment for depression that consists of inducing a tonic-clonic seizure by passing an electrical current through electrodes attached to the temples.
  • The administration of a muscle relaxant minimizes seizure activity, preventing damage to long bones and cervical vertebrae.
  • The usual course is 6 to 12 treatments given 2 to 3 times per week.
  • Maintenance ECT once a month may help decrease the relapse rate for a client with recurrent depression.
  • ECT is not a permanent cure.
  • ECT is not always effective in clients with dysthymic depression, depression and personality disorders, drug dependence, or depression secondary to situational or social difficulties.
  • At-risk clients include clients with recent myocardial infarction, brain attack (stroke), or intracranial mass lesions.

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