Our hospital in Eau Claire includes a four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), which is specially designated to evaluate, diagnose and treat seizures.
During a stay, you have continuous video electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures vital signs and provides an audiovisual recording of activities. An EEG detects electrical activity in your brain using small, flat metal electrodes attached to the scalp.
An EMU stay can provide your care team with critical information for the classification and evaluation of abnormal spells. It helps develop a treatment plan that works for you. It also provides a safe space to make changes to medications and for other health concerns, such as memory loss or cognitive impairments.
You are able to move freely around the room during your stay, which could last up to five days. Your neurologist will decide if an EMU stay is appropriate for you.
Watch this instructional video from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, which outlines and introduces the general guidelines of an EMU stay. It pays special attention to safety procedures, activity limitations and various methods used to induce seizures (or events) throughout the patient's EMU admission. The information provided is applicable to your EMU stay in Eau Claire.