Archived AES Symposia 2008
EMU Symposium: Expert Consensus Process on Patient Safety in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Program Length: 2 hrs 57 min
Patient safety in epilepsy monitoring units (EMU) is a concern to practicing clinicians. A recent survey identified a wide range of variation in clinical practice and a lack of consensus on patient management in EMUs. To address this problem, this program is designed to describe the current issues and challenges in clinical practice on epilepsy monitoring units which affect patient safety. Workgroups will present findings and make recommendations regarding patient safety in EMUs specifically addressing seizure provocation and drug withdrawal, managing acute seizures, and environmental safety and activity management.
- Define current best practice as determined by literature review and expert opinion regarding patient management within the EMU
- Develop a framework to evaluate performance in patient safety
- Develop strategies to apply this model in an EMU
- Assess the efficacy and safety issues for patients in EMUs for seizure observation, seizure provocation, managing emergent seizures, environmental concerns and patient activity.
All health care professionals interested in the care of people with epilepsy and patient safety issues in epilepsy monitoring units
Chair: Janice M. Buelow, Ph.D., RN
Welcome, Introduction and CME/CEU Information
Janice M. Buelow, R.N., Ph.D.
Fostering a Culture of Safety in the EMU Using the Institute for Healthcare Innovation (IHI) Methodology
Gregory L. Barkley, M.D.
Safety Issues and Challenges in Epilepsy Monitoring Units
Paul M. Levisohn, M.D.
Workgroup and Consensus Process
Patricia O. Shafer, R.N., M.N
Seizure Provocation Working Group
Patricia O. Shafer, R.N., M.N., Alison Pack, M.D., Andres Kanner, M.D., and Sandi Dewar R.N., M.S., A.P.N.
Christine O’Dell, R.N., M.S.N., Debbi Terri, M.S., C.N.P., Angel Hernandez, M.D., and Andrea Hakimi, D.O.
David Ficker, M.D., Joseph Sirven, M.D., and Madona Plueger, RN, B.S.N., CNRN
Environment and Activity
Janice M. Buelow, R.N., Ph.D., Andrew Blum, M.D., Ph.D., and MaryAnn Werz, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael Privitera, M.D. (Moderator), Robert J. Gumnit, M.D., Dennis D. Spencer, M.D., and Judith M. Ozuna, R.N., M.N.
Michael Privitera, M.D.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed with regard to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the faculty and are not endorsed by the American Epilepsy Society or any manufacturers of pharmaceuticals.