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A Time-Out Before Every ECT Treatment

Watts, Bradley V. MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0000000000000350

A preprocedure time time-out process is now advocated to occur before all invasive medical procedures with a goal to improve patient safety. Currently, the components of a time-out are commonly done before electroconvulsive therapy, but we advocate universal adoption of pre-electroconvulsive therapy time-out process and terminology.

From the VA National Center for Patient Safety, White River Junction, VT; White River Junction VAMC, White River Junction, VT; and Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, NH.

Received for publication May 13, 2016; accepted July 11, 2016.

Reprints: Bradley V. Watts, MD, MPH, 215 N. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05055 (e-mail:

The author has no conflict of interest or financial disclosures to report.

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