Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Harper University Hospital is located in the Neuroscience Inpatient Unit on 4 Webber South, where patients with various neurological conditions are admitted. The healthcare professionals working on this floor are experienced in providing care for patients with neurological disorders. The team working in the EMU includes registered EEG technologists, specially trained nurses, neurology residents, EEG or clinical neurophysiology fellows, neurologists and neurosurgeons with advanced training in the field of epilepsy.
Long- term, continuous video-EEG monitoring is available 24 hours a day in the EMU. During this type of evaluation, patients are monitored by both video and EEG recording. The goal of this evaluation is to catch a seizure on video and EEG at the same time. To do this, video and EEG images are reviewed side-by-side on a split screen to evaluate how the behavior during seizures is related to the brain’s electrical activity. These innovative systems combine the most technologically advanced video-EEG recording capabilities with continuous online seizure detection software. Specially trained epilepsy nurses perform neurological testing during seizure events. EEG technologists are available 24 hours a day to monitor the patient closely and recognize seizures when they occur, even when the patient may not recognize it or may be unable to report it.
The referring physician will find video-EEG monitoring helpful in several clinical situations. This technology can establish the electrical nature of questionable clinical events. Video-EEG is also useful in the quantifying seizures, classifying seizure type and evaluating patients for possible epilepsy surgery.