escape interval

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es·cape in·ter·val

the time between the last beat of the patient's basic rhythm (ectopic or sinus beat) and a beat from a spontaneous escape focus or the initial electronic pacemaker impulse (a preset interval in the circuitry); it may be either a shorter or a longer time period than the pulse interval.
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This condition was identical to the DRA + EXT (ESC) condition, except that during the escape interval, if the participant engaged in problem behavior, demands were immediately represented and continued to be presented as in DRA + EXT (ESC).
This condition was similar to the DRA + EXT (ESC) condition; however, during the escape interval, the therapist provided continuous vocal and physical attention.
These results suggested that Andrew's problem behavior during the escape interval was maintained by access to therapist attention in the form of re-presentation of demands.