Every year, 48 people out of 100,000 develop epilepsy. One in 26 people have the disorder at some point in their life. The epilepsy program at Norton Brownsboro Hospital consists of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, advanced practice nurses, nurses, technicians and therapists providing life-changing care for patients who have seizures.
Patients often are admitted to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), a specialized set of rooms at the hospital where inpatients are monitored continuously by electroencephalogram (EEG) and video recording to safely detect seizure activity in the brain. Epileptologists use this information to establish a patient’s diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.
Some patients are unaware of their seizures because of confusion, loss of consciousness or sleep. Other patients experience psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, incorrectly considered epilepsy for years, but now known to be caused by psychological distress rather than electrical issues in the brain. Monitoring can help identify a patient’s seizures.
For patients with uncontrolled seizures, medication adjustments are made under continuous EEG monitoring. Surgical treatment options can be considered only after the onset zone is identified. Data collected in the EMU is critical.
The EMU nurses are an essential part of the epilepsy treatment process. An EMU admission can be frightening and intimidating. Medications are withdrawn and seizures are expected. Patients frequently undergo sleep deprivation, and their movements are limited by equipment and safety precautions. Patients become very dependent on the EMU staff.
Patients must feel confident and secure to entrust their care to the staff. A major component of this trust comes from interactions with the outstanding nursing team. Staff in the EMU describe their experience as thankful, amazing, excited and extremely rewarding. The EMU is a vital step in the overall process of treating epilepsy. The impact on epilepsy patients’ lives is humbling and tear-provoking as they are finally able to work, drive and get their lives back.
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