Open Access Research Article

Improving the Tolerability and Efficiency of Electrocardiograms in Psychiatric Hospitals: A Pilot Study

Dr Thomas Wand*

St Ann’s Acute Psychiatric Hospital, UK

Corresponding Author

Received Date:October 16, 2020;  Published Date:November 12, 2020


Many of the anti-psychotic drugs have the side-effect of corrected QT interval (QTc) prolongation. QTc prolongation is associated with ventricular arrhythmias, Torsade de pointes and sudden death. Therefore, before starting anti-psychotics, it is important to perform an ECG to measure the QTc. Furthermore, drugs such as clozapine have common side-effects such as tachycardia. Due to this, NICE guidelines have stated it is good practice to have an ECG “performed at the earliest opportunity, within a 24 hour period”.

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