to your frequent questions.
What is my role during the monitoring?
Your role is important for safe and successful monitoring. Follow these guidelines to aid the monitoring process.
- You may be instructed by your monitoring team to push a button to indicate when you are experiencing seizure symptoms. If you are unaware of when a seizure occurs, an adult family member may also be asked to assist.
- Stay in bed unless you are up with nursing staff, as requested by the physician.
- Call a healthcare team member before getting out of bed or up from a chair for anything.
- Keep side rails of the bed up and pads in place for safety and protection.
- Bring things from home to keep yourself occupied during the recording. There will be a TV in your room, but you may find other activities more entertaining.
What can I bring from home to pass the time?
- Crafts or handiwork
- Board games and cards
- Reading material
- Personal laptop or DVD player
- Writing paper or cards
- Exercise, if permissible by physician. This will need to be performed within the room, and sometimes while remaining in bed
- Homework or other work-related tasks
What happens after the recording is completed?
When video-EEG recording is completed, the EEG leads are removed with acetone (solution similar to nail polish remover which dissolves the glue). After the EEG electrodes are removed, you may be permitted to wash your hair in the shower. Apply conditioner to your wet hair after washing it. Keep the cream rinse in your hair for about ten minutes to soften the glue. Comb through your hair and then rinse it to help remove the remaining glue particles. The glue may continue to flake from your hair for a few days or through several shampoos.
Your physician may order additional tests once the monitoring is complete. Your physician may discuss the preliminary results and treatment plans with you while in the hospital, but may also arrange a follow-up appointment for final discussion of the results and recommendations.