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Intensive Monitoring

Intensive monitoring is a continuous EEG video recording that is done while your child is admitted to the hospital.
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Intensive monitoring test

The test

Monitoring duration can vary from 1 to 5 days.

Reasons for intensive monitoring:

  1. To record sleep throughout the night.
  2. To capture "events" or seizures.
  3. To establish the type and frequency of seizures.
  4. To determine if the patient may be a candidate for epilepsy surgery.

Preparation

You and your child will be spending the monitoring time in a private room on the hospital ward (3R).

You will be required to be with your child at ALL TIMES.

If your child has "events" or seizures during the night, you will be required to stay awake and record them while your child sleeps.

It is up to you to arrange for other adults to share the observing as this is NOT something the nurses can do for you.

Bring activities that your child can do in bed. 

The room has a television and a DVD player. 

Children can use electronic games (for example, Nintendo DS) as long as they are battery-operated.

Children should wear a button up or zipper top because you will not be able to remove clothing over their head. 

All children must have clean, dry hair (no gel, hairspray or oil).
We strongly recommend that you borrow a video describing the monitoring process from the Neurology Clinic and watch it with your child before coming for monitoring.

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