|ECT Dosing by the Benchmark Method
Conrad M. Swartz, M.D.
|Several existing ECT dosing methods have been demonstrated to be clinically very effective--these include the fixed high-dose, age-based, and half-age methods (Abrams, 2002). However, no satisfactory method exists for titrating stimulus dose against a measure that is known to vary with treatment response (e.g., EEG postictal suppression), and this seminal article by Dr. Conrad Swartz presents an entirely new approach to ECT dosing that uses the patient's own response to the first ECT as arguably the most valid guide to subsequent dose adjustment.|
|Seizure Threshold in Electroconvulsive|
Therapy: Effect of Instrument Titration
Worrawat Chanpattana, M.D.
|This article by Dr. Worrawat Chanpattana received the BEST PAPER AWARD in May 2002 from the German Journal of Psychiatry. It presents the results of a direct, head-to-head comparison of seizure thresholds obtained via stimulus titration with a Thymatron® DGx vs. a Mecta SR-1, controlling for total stimulus dose.
Because the results reported derive from stimuli of 1 msec pulsewidth they apply equally to the latest model devices as to the earlier models studied.
The greater efficiency of Thymatron® System IV stimuli compared to Mecta Spectrum stimuli provides a crucial advantage in treating elderly patients.
|Thymatron® System IV - Instruction Manual|
|A valid Thymatron® System IV serial number is required|
|Thymatron® System IV - Service Manual|
|Revised January, 2016
A valid Thymatron® System IV serial number is required
|Genie™ IV - Instruction Manual|
|Genie™ IV - Software|
|Computer-assisted EEG Analysis Software for Thymatron® System IV - version 6.81|
|EctoBrain™ II - Instruction Manual|