ChristianaCare

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

What to Expect During Your Stay

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The monitoring unit is a unique space designed for round-the-clock care and observation. You will stay in a private room with cable TV, a telephone and a call bell to alert our staff.

Your safety and well-being is our team’s top priority. Our care team is highly specialized and trained specifically in epilepsy care. Special safety equipment is also provided, including a harness that you will wear to prevent falls if you’re moving around the room during a seizure.

Our team will meet with you each day to discuss your care, and feel free to ask any questions at any time.

Keeping You Safe During Seizures

The provider may recommend altering your seizure medications and may suggest other ways of triggering seizures while you are in the monitoring unit.

Your safety and well-being is our top priority. During a seizure, the nursing staff will check on you and assess your condition. If you start having frequent or prolonged seizures, a nurse will administer emergency medications and notify a provider immediately.

Monitoring Equipment

You will be connected to computerized EEG (electroencephalography) monitoring equipment at all times, 24 hours a day. When you first enter the monitoring unit, you will have small EEG wires placed on your scalp and secured with glue. These wires transmit important data about the seizures and help our clinical team to pinpoint exactly where in the brain the seizures are occurring.

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Because the EEG wires are connected to recording equipment, you will be more restricted in your movement and should expect to spend most of your time sitting in bed or in a nearby chair. You are welcome to bring books, a laptop, a tablet, a mobile device or other items you may enjoy to pass the time.

Video cameras will continuously record you, so our clinical team can observe your body movements while seizures are happening. Although this lack of privacy might feel uncomfortable, these cameras are necessary to get an accurate diagnosis and to keep you from getting injured during a seizure.

Average Length of Stay

You can likely expect to stay for three to seven days, depending on how long it takes to record your seizures.

Visiting Hours

Family and friends are welcome to visit the monitoring unit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A reclining chair is available in your room if a family member or support person would like to stay overnight.

Download a our patient brochure for more details.