Video EEG Monitoring

Long-Term Video Monitoring captures the type and frequency of seizures/events while recording EEG/Brain activity, to confirm the diagnosis of epilepsy and determine 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/events 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

You will be admitted to a specially equipped private room. Electrodes will be glued to your scalp and left in place to allow for continuous EEG and video recording. You will be monitored 24 hours a day. Most of the time, you will stay in bed or in a chair next to the bed. 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, sleep deprivation, photic stimulation or hyperventilation. These methods are individualized to ensure safe, effective care.

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, unstyled hair
  • Insurance cards and photo ID
  • Medications in their pharmacy-labeled bottles
  • Blanket and pillow, optional
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Clothing: Anything that doesn’t have to be pulled over your head - such as, button or zip-up shirts/jackets. Other items, such as comfortable lounge pants/shorts, socks, underwear, etc. (hospital attire is also available)
  • 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 may interfere with the monitoring equipment).