I'm an UK student nurse (going for adult RN) in the middle of my 4 week "insight" mental health placement.
In Britain they can "section" someone under the Mental Health Act and force treatment, including, sometimes ECT.
I saw ECT in action for the first (and LAST!) time today and was pretty unimpressed. One patient got on the table and then changed her mind and demanded to be let out and withdrew consent, and 5 people held her down, the anaesthetist put the venflon in and she had it anyway.
The team did have the sense to look pretty sheepish in front of me -- a first-year nursing student (even though a mature one) and tried to reassure me that that was pretty rare event and "she was under section anyway, so she had to have it..."
What about all the consent stuff we're being force fed at school?
Is this type of thing common? Any opinions gratefully received.