Case Report: PDF OnlyPlacement of an Implantable Venous Access Device for Use in Maintenance ECTMackenzie, Thomas B. M.D.; Thurston, Jill R.N.†; Rogers, Liz R.N.†; Hunter, David W. M.D.*Author Information Departments of Psychiatry and *Radiology, University of Minnesota Medical School; and †University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. Received November 30, 1995; accepted March 20, 1996. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. T. B. Mackenzie, Box 329 UMHC, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, U.S.A. Convulsive Therapy: June 1996 - Volume 12 - Issue 2 - p 122-124 Buy Abstract Summary: Achieving intravenous (I.V.) access prior to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be painful and time consuming. It may contribute to premature discontinuation of therapy. The authors report a novel method of ensuring I.V. access in a patient receiving maintenance ECT who developed an aversion to needle sticks. A Port-A-Cath P.A.S. vascular access catheter, placed in her left forearm, has been used for >30 treatments without complication. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.