In the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, inpatients of all ages undergo continuous observation by trained neurodiagnostic technicians and technologists in a safe and comfortable environment.
Using electroencephalography (EEG) equipment to analyze the patient's brain activity and high-precision video cameras to document body movements during seizures, the EMU care team can classify seizures, form an accurate diagnosis and design an individualized treatment plan. Video EEG monitoring also can rule out events that are not epilepsy related.
Each of the EMU's four well-appointed private rooms has a television, DVD player and other comforts of home to help patients pass the time.
What to expect in the EMU
Average length of stay for continuous inpatient monitoring is three to five days. This provides ample time to study the patient's seizures and gather information. During a stay in the EMU, a team of trained individuals oversees patient monitoring and care.
The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit team
- Epileptologist - Board-certified neurologist with advanced formal fellowship training in epilepsy.
- Neurologists - Board-certified physicians with residency training in neurology, including epilepsy.
- Pediatric neurologist - Board-certified physician with residency training in pediatrics and special qualifications in child neurology.
- Registered nurses - Nurses have primary responsibility for the daily care of patients and can answer questions and address concerns.
- EEG techs – Technicians and registered technologists obtain the data collection and videos and can answer technical questions.
- Neuropsychologists - Psychologists specializing in neurocognitive development in children and adults.
- Epilepsy neurosurgeons - Board-certified neurosurgeons with advanced credentials and experience in epilepsy surgery.
- Neuroradiologists - Board-certified radiologists with special training to perform and interpret imaging studies, such as MRI or PET scans, specific to epilepsy and seizure disorders.
- Clinical research coordinator - Researcher helps patients obtain investigational medications and devices through voluntary participation in national research studies.