Patients will be admitted on Monday morning and be discharged three to five days later. The maximum allowed stay is typically five days. Once you are settled into your hospital room, an EEG technician will measure your head and clean your scalp in preparation for electrode placement. They will attach electrodes to your scalp with a special adhesive (washable) that will stay in place during your stay. The wires will be connected to a machine that transfers signals recorded from your brain to a computer to be evaluated by your doctor. To capture your typical seizures or events, the technician may perform procedures such as photic stimulation (a series of bright flashing lights) and hyperventilation (brief heavy breathing). Your doctor may also lower the dose or stop the anti-seizure medicines you are taking to cause a seizure. The length of your hospital stay will depend on the events that occur during hospitalization and the conversations that you have with your care team in the EMU.
Data that is collected during your EMU will be interpreted by an epileptologist and reviewed with
you in a clinic visit following your stay.
During this monitoring period, there will be restrictions placed to ensure your safety and to achieve
the best quality of monitoring for your study.
- You will remain in your room and in bed for the duration of the study.
- You will need the assistance of nursing staff to move from the bed to the bathroom.
- A nurse will be with you during visits to the bathroom as a safety precaution in the event of a
seizure or fall.
- You are required to always wear a roll belt while in bed.
- You are required to always wear nonskid socks and a gait belt when out of bed.
- You cannot chew gum or use a mouthguard.
- You cannot wear sunglasses or cover your head during sleep.
- You will need to sleep on your back with a small light on in the room.
- You will have an IV placed during your admission.
- You will be on video while you are hooked up to EEG.
- You cannot shower until the EEG is unhooked at the end of the week.
If you cannot make your appointment, please call the EMU main line: 303-602-4368. You can also call the Denver Health NurseLine at 303-739-1211 anytime, day or night.
Epileptologist: The epileptologist is the attending physician during your EMU stay and is responsible for reading your EEG. They will compile all available data in your EMU report, and address medication and clinical aspects of your hospital stay.
Physician Assistant: The Physician Assistant will admit patients to the EMU, collect history, and check in with patients each morning to go over the day's plan and serve as a liaison between patients and the epileptologist.
EEG Department: The EEG department consists of EEG technicians and Seizure Monitoring Technicians (SMTS). An EEG technician will do your EEG hookup and may perform activating maneuvers such as photic stimulation if the epileptologist orders it during your stay. SMTs will be watching the video and EEG for signs of a seizure and will alert nursing staff to go into the patient’s room if a seizure is detected.
Epilepsy Coordinator: The Epilepsy Coordinator will contact you to schedule your EMU admission, provide documentation to assist with preparation, and offer resources as needed. The Epilepsy Coordinator will assist with scheduling additional testing as needed after your EMU stay.
Nurses: All EMU nurses are trained in seizure recognition, response, safety, and applicable protocols.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers: LCSWs are available in the EMU as well as the neurology clinic. Speak with your provider or the Epilepsy Coordinator if you would like a referral.
Therapy Dog: Navy is a trained therapy dog from Canine Assistants. He is a Golden Retriever and works in the EMU to provide comfort and affection for patients experiencing seizures or seizure-like activity.