FAQs for Epilepsy Monitoring Units
Epilepsy centers are groups of health care professionals, usually led by a neurologist specializing in epilepsy, that focus on the care of people with seizures and epilepsy. Depending on resources, some centers focus on diagnostic and medical approaches to care of epilepsy, while comprehensive centers should be capable of offering the full range of diagnostic and treatment services, including surgical approaches and often research treatment options. The multidisciplinary team generally includes neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, nursing, social work, EEG technology, and access to other specialists such as pharmacology, and pathology. The team is skilled in the assessment and management of patients with epilepsy, including: medical, surgical, dietary therapies; clinical research; and educational, self-management and psychosocial supports for patients and families. Epilepsy centers are expected to have a good relationship with referring neurologists, primary care physicians and psychiatrists providing co-management with the patient’s usual health care team and other specialists as indicated. The inpatient unit of an Epilepsy Center, called an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), should have the capability of providing long-term video EEG telemetry to assist in diagnosis and management of people with difficult to diagnose or control seizures.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that patients and referring clinicians might have about epilepsy monitoring.