Long-term Video EEG Monitoring
Long-term Video EEG Monitoring captutes the type and frequency of seizures, while recording seizure activity, to confirm the diagnosis of epilepsy and the best course of treatment.
The admission process begins when your doctor decides that prolonged video-EEG monitoring would be useful in evaluating your seizures or epilepsy. You will be scheduled for admission on a particular date or your name will be placed on a waiting list for admission to the unit. As we anticipate discharges, we notify potential patients that space will be available. We try to give patients as much advanced notice as possible.
What to Expect During Your Stay
Electrodes will be pasted to your scalp and left in place to allow for continuous EEG recording. A video camera will provide continuous monitoring. Patients are monitored throughout the day and night. Most of the time, you will stay in bed or in a chair next to the bed. The length of time individuals stay varies but usually ranges from three to seven days. Meals will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring in snacks and drinks of your choice.
Seizure provoking methods are utilized during your stay such as medication reduction or discontinuation, photic stimulation or hyperventilation. These methods are individualized to ensure safe, effective ca
While undergoing Video EEG Monitoring, you will be cared for by a number of professional staff, feel free to ask questions at any time.
Preparation for Your Visit
Shower and shampoo your hair the morning of admission. Be sure your hair is clean and free of styling gels, hair sprays, and/or styling products. During Video EEG monitoring, you will not be able to shampoo your hair or shower due to the electrode placement. You will take only sponge baths. Mobility will be limited to movement between the bed and chair. Nursing staff will be available at all times to assist you. You will have an IV placed. A bedside commode is to be used instead of the bathroom, to avoid possible injury that could occur with a seizure in a small space. Sequential hose are placed on your legs to prevent blood clots due to limited exercise. Smoking is NOT permitted. Prior to your admission, speak with your family physician about a nicotine patch. If you are ready to quit, we can provide you with information.
Where to Go
Please plan to arrive at the Neurological Institute at IMC by your assigned time. Bring your insurance and photo ID card and current emergency contact phone numbers. You may call 402-717-2222 to update information, if needed, before you are admitted.
Long-term Video EEG Monitoring Patient Checklist
- Clean hair
- Insurance card
- Emergency contact information
- Medications in their pharmacy-labled bottles
- Button up or zip-up shirts
- Comfortable lounge pants or sweatpants
- Slippers or house shoes
- Hospital attire is available
- Favorite blanket and pillow are optional
- Toothbrush (no battery operated) and toothpaste
- Entertainment items: Books, magazines, DVDs, cards, puzzles, games, laptop, tablet, cell phone, etc. (A laptop and cell phone may be used, but not used with adapter or charger as they interfere with the monitoring equipment).