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Critical Care EEG Monitoring

Blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels are standard stats that physicians closely observe when a patient is in the intensive care unit. Thanks to research and advances in technology, it is now possible to add brain activity to that list. The multidisciplinary team at Desert Care Network is proud to utilize critical care EEG monitoring at our ICU facilities. This emerging technique enables our doctors to constantly monitor and assess brain function through:

  • Acquisition
  • Storage
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Transmission

The Emergence of EEG Monitoring

EEG, or electroencephalogram, monitoring is a fairly new approach to ascertaining constant cerebral cortical activity. Previously, using an EEG machine in an ICU setting was impractical due to the size and the bulky nature of the equipment. A technician was required to wheel in the machine, attach it to the patient, run the test for 30 minutes and then an epilepsy specialist was responsible for running a report. It could be a couple of days before the physician was able to analyze it and draw any conclusions. Now it is possible to provide 24/7 EEG monitoring for the:

  • Critically Ill
  • Comatose
  • Individuals who Suffered a Stroke
  • Individuals with Head Trauma
  • Individuals with Potential Epilepsy

The Benefits of Advanced EEG Monitoring

EEG monitoring enables physicians to gain awareness of brain abnormalities. It is capable of providing early findings of unusual patterns or symptoms that might otherwise have gone undetected. It also discovers, in real time, instances of:

  • Seizures
  • Ischemia
  • Cerebral Vasospasm

Early detection is imperative to gaining insight into a patient’s condition. It also could be the difference that results in the ability to provide life-saving treatment.

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The specialists in neurocritical care at Desert Care Network are committed to delivering comprehensive and compassionate care. You can feel confident that you or your loved ones are receiving the absolute best medical treatment available. Contact us today to learn more about our facility and the treatments available.