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A Novel Positioning Technique for the Agitated Patient After Electroconvulsive Therapy: Gravitational Restraint

O'Brien, Elizabeth M. MD*; Rosenquist, Peter B. MD†; Kimball, James N. MD†; Minor, Larry N. CNA II‡; Arias, Lorraine M. MD§

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181ec0d75
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We present a novel positioning technique to assist in the gentle and safe management of the postictal agitated patient.

From the Departments of *Anesthesiology, and †Psychiatry, Wake Forest University School of Medicine; ‡Post Anesthesia Care Unit, North Carolina Baptist Hospital; and §Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Received for publication May 11, 2010; accepted May 14, 2010.

Reprints: Lorraine M. Arias, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 (e-mail: larias@wfubmc.edu).

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