The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) is a specialized inpatient unit dedicated to improving outcomes for epileptic patients. Staffed by specially trained neurologists, nurses and technicians, the unit is designed to accommodate epileptic patients while they are video-recorded and monitored by EEG around the clock, for an extended period of time.
Although medications successfully control seizures for many epileptic patients, there are many others for whom traditional medical therapies are ineffective. For these patients, the EMU plays a critical role in evaluation.
In contrast to a standard encephalogram (EEG) which records brain activity for approximately 30 minutes, the EMU performs extended studies for one to several days. This prolonged recording provides a more complete picture of brain activity before, during and after seizures. This data enables the neurologist to better define the type of seizure and to identify precisely the area in the brain where the seizure originates. The video recording enables the neurologist to observe the patient's behavior and body movements during a seizure. Along with other brain imaging studies, the video EEG provides valuable information in determining and delivering the most effective treatment option.
To make the experience as comfortable as possible, patients stay in a private room with a private bathroom. While patients may move about their rooms, patients are restricted from leaving their rooms to maintain continuous video and EEG monitoring.