EMU Safety

The American Epilepsy Society and the National Association of Epilepsy Centers offers a free online continuing medical education series “Safety in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit”.

The goal of this special structured learning presentation is to educate healthcare providers on how to best create a culture of safety in the epilepsy unit.

This program will be helpful for all members of the epilepsy team including physicians, nurses, EEG technologists, pharmacists, child life specialists, mental health professionals and others who provide care to people with epilepsy in an EMU. Continuing education credits for physicians, nurses and EEG technologists is available.

The program consists of seven modules addressing the following topics:

  • Introduction to Safety in the EMU (Culture of Safety and Overview of EMU Safety)
  • Enhancing Safety Prior to Admission:
    • Professional Education and Communication
    • Assessment and Education of Patient and Family
  • Seizure Observation
  • Environment and Activity
  • Seizure Provocation
  • Managing Seizures and Comorbidities
  • Preparing for Transition to Outpatient Care

Each module can be completed independently. Videos, slides and commentary provide practical information and guidance. This tool can be used for continuing in-service education and as a training tool for new members of the team!

Pre and post tests allow professionals to evaluate their own practice and needs as well as obtain continuing education credits in their discipline. People can use these modules as part of performance improvement programs in the EMU and meeting other patient safety needs.

 “Safety in the EMU” can be accessed through the website: www.emucaring.org