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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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.
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.