Adult Inpatient Video EEG Monitoring
Appointment Date: ______________________________________________________________
Appointment Times: ___________________ Admission office on the 2nd floor at the main
___________________ D6/4 EMU – Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
What is video EEG monitoring?
A Video EEG helps us to find out more
about the kind of seizures you are having.
During the test, a camera records your
behavior. This is paired with an EEG
recording of your brain wave activity.
Sometimes movements may look like
seizures, but they are not. If you have
seizures, this study will help us learn how
strong the seizures are and how often the
seizures occur. We are also looking to find
out what part of the brain the seizures are
This test will also help to decide if you are
having silent seizures. These are seizures
that occur without any physical signs, but
changes can be seen on the EEG.
This test will take place in the hospital and
can take between 1-5 days to complete.
Please call your insurance company to find
out if this test and hospital stay is covered.
Some do not cover it. Some need a referral
from your primary doctor first. If this is the
case, ask your doctor for the referral letter
right away. It often takes insurance
companies 2-4 weeks to decide on coverage.
They will let you know what they decide.
Feel free to contact the Admissions
Information desk at (608) 263-8770 if you
have any questions or need help. This
process can be very complicated, contact the
staff at the Epilepsy program if you have
any questions. The number is (608) 263-
Before the procedure
If you have any special needs, please call the
staff on the Neurology Unit (D6/4) at
(608) 263-8380 in advance. You may
choose to wear a hospital gown or your own
clothes. Your shirt or blouse must button or
zip in the front. This makes it easier to
change when the EEG wires (leads) are in
place. Wash your hair the night before the
test. Please avoid any hair conditioners, gels
or sprays. In order to obtain the best test
results, your medicine will likely be
reduced. We may ask you to go without
sleep in order to start a seizure. You may
want to bring items to pass the time like
books, videos, puzzles, games, hobbies or
art supplies. There is free Wi-Fi available
and you may bring a cell phone and other
electronic devices for use, don’t forget to
bring your charger! You may also want to
bring your favorite pillow.
The day of the test
Arrive 30 minutes before the test is
scheduled and check in at admissions.
After you have been seen in admissions, you
will be directed to your inpatient room.
Once in your room, an EEG technologist
will go over the test with you.
ξ Getting Ready
Wires will be secured to your head.
They will be wrapped with gauze to
keep the wires from getting tangled
or pulled off. A neurologist who will
take part in your test will see you.
A camera and a microphone are
mounted on the wall of your room.
Audio and video recording will
begin right away. The EEG staff
will watch you and the EEG from
another room. You will have an
intravenous (IV) line placed in one
of your arms in case you need IV
seizure medicines. Your normal
seizure medicines will be decreased
to encourage a seizure and you may
be deprived of sleep. This can
result in more severe and/or more
frequent seizures (status
epilepticus). If this occurs, your
doctor will decide what treatment
is best for you.
ξ Working Together
If you feel a seizure coming on, you
will be asked to tell the staff by
pressing an event button. If you
have an adult family or friend with
you, they will be asked to press the
event button when they see a seizure
occur. Please let us know if the
event you are having is typical or
not. This will help the doctor review
and interpret the results.
ξ Activity Restrictions
You will be confined to your room.
This includes your bed, the area
around the bed, and the toilet and
sink area with privacy curtain. You
may have a seatbelt placed around
your waist while in bed or in a chair
for safety. A TV and radio with
local channels are found in each
room. You may request a cot in your
room for a family member or friend.
Your overnight guest will be able to
use the TLC family showers as
needed. A small light is left on in
the room all night so you can be seen
clearly in the video. You will eat
your meals in the room. Friends and
family may bring their own food or
go to the cafeteria and bring back
food so they can eat with you. Your
friends and family may also order
from the cafeteria and have the food
delivered to the room. They must
have the exact amount to pay for it.
After the test
While you are being tested, your doctor may
see a part of the EEG and be able to give
you preliminary results. Formal results are
most often ready in 1-2 weeks. When you
get home, call to schedule a clinic visit to
review the results with your neurologist.
Your seizure medicine will be resumed
before you go home. When you go home,
you will need to have someone stay with
you the first night in case you have
increased seizures or any other problems.
If you have any questions about the test,
please call the Comprehensive Epilepsy
Clinic Nurse or talk to your nurse while you
are in the hospital. If you need to change
the date or time of the test, please call your
Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic at (608) 263-9578
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942. Ask for the Epilepsy Clinic Nurse.
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