Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Physician Contacts:

Key Contacts:

  • Vicki Dennis - Director
  • Cale Wilcox, R. EEG.T/CLTM - Practice Administrator
  • Eric Chavez - EMU Coordinator

Description of services:

The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is an eight-bed dedicated wing staffed by nurses, registered EEG technologists, child life specialists and physicians on the medical staff with expertise in epilepsy and other neurological conditions. Advanced technology allows patients to leave their room and play in a staffed play room for younger children and a multipurpose room for older adolescent patients while continuing to be monitored. The unit also has the ability to monitor patients throughout the entire hospital.  All eight beds have a Wii console for patient and family entertainment. Full size beds are also provided for the comfort of the family.

Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:

  • Rule out seizures
  • Characterization of questionable spells
  • Evaluation of neurological status
  • Routine long-term video EEG monitoring
  • Epilepsy surgery evaluations
  • Initiation of ketogenic diet program

Evaluation of a spectrum of disorders that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems:

  • Seizure disorders and medication effects
  • Intractable seizures
  • Encephalopathy
  • Seizure surgery candidates

Information for referral sources:

  • A referral from physician or referral source is required.
  • Pre-authorization is required by some insurance plans.
  • Patient instructions for specific tests will be provided when the appointment is scheduled.
  • To avoid unnecessary testing, have the family bring relevant medical records, test results and X-rays to the appointment.
  • Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient's referring physician.
  • Diagnosis, evaluation and recommended treatment information is provided promptly to the referring physician.

Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for a diagnostic evaluation:

  • Patient name and date of birth
  • Probable diagnosis
  • Insurance/referral information
  • Physician clinical findings or symptoms which caused the patient to visit physician

Why Children's Medical Center?

  • Our experienced registered technologists, nurses and pediatric epilepsy specialists are trained to work with a wide variety of pediatric neurological patients.
  • Our eight-bed unit is specially designed so that patients can be monitored from remote locations, including both a large playroom, multipurpose room for adolescents, pediatric intensive care unit and any other patient hospital room.

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