1 in 50,000

It’s no small wonder why it’s so hard for shock survivors to get doctors or lay people to believe we have brain damage when all they see is blatantly dishonest promotional information like this.

ECT statistics

Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust produce a patient information leaflet on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which makes the astonishing claim that the “risk of any problems” is one in 50,000 treatments.

“ECT is amongst the safest medical treatments given under general anaesthesia. The risk of any problems is one in 50,000 treatments which is much lower than childbirth for instance”.

The CNWL Trust leaflet is based on one published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1995 and now withdrawn by them, although it lives on in several mental health trusts. The 1 in 50,000 statistic is anyway repeated in the current Royal College leaflet on ECT. The Royal College version however referred to the risk of “death or serious injury” which the CNWL Trust have changed to “any problems“. I wonder what they mean by a “problem“? And where does the statistic actually come…

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