Video EEG Monitoring
Video EEG (electroencephalograph) monitoring visually observes and records a patient while they are undergoing EEG monitoring. This test is used to track brain waves while capturing both video and audio of a patient. The most prominent use is to differentiate epilepsy from other disorders that might cause a seizure; however, it offers additional benefits worth pursuing, including to:
- Determine if Seizures are Epilepsy
- Identify the Type of Seizures
- Observe the Environmental Factors that Prompt Seizure
- Locate the Area of the Brain where Seizures Begin
The duration of a hospital stay to conduct a video EEG depends on why the test is being conducted, the frequency and duration of seizures, and the severity of the seizures. Video EEG monitoring used in a critical care setting can help capture seizures that might have otherwise gone undetected.
Settings for Video EEG Monitoring
Seizures are unpredictable. Monitoring their occurrence in a hospital setting provides a safe environment where specialists can use techniques to elicit a seizure, such as:
- Lowering Anti-Seizure Medications
- Flashing Lights
- Sleep Deprivation
A hospital is best suited for long-term observation that lasts a few days, a week, or possibly more. Safety procedures can be laid out and executed to keep the patient and their loved ones safe. An outpatient setting such as an EEG lab is appropriate for observations that last a few hours. It is also possible for ambulatory EEG monitoring to take place at home. Patients are provided with the video monitoring equipment so they can be monitored during routine daily activities and while sleeping.
Learn More About Video EEG Monitoring
The team at Desert Care Network is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care. Contact us to learn more about what to expect from video EEG monitoring. Our specialists are happy to answer any questions and address any concerns.