PURPOSE: To assess whether injuries occur more often in an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) where portable EEG amplifiers are used, and where patients can freely move within a large area during the monitoring.
METHODS: Patients were monitored at the Danish Epilepsy Center, in an EMU specifically designed for this purpose, and they were under continuous surveillance by personnel dedicated to the EMU. Adverse events (AEs) - including injuries, were prospectively noted, as part of the safety policy of the hospital. Other data were retrospectively extracted from the electronic database, for a 5-year period (January 2012-December 2016).
RESULTS: 976 patients were admitted to the EMU. Falls occurred in 19 patients (1.9%) but none of them resulted in injury. Only one serious AE occurred: a patient had a convulsive status epilepticus, which did not respond to first-line treatment in the EMU and was transferred to the intensive care unit. The rate of AEs were similar or lower than previously reported by other centers, where the mobility of the patients had been restricted during monitoring.
CONCLUSION: In an EMU specially designed for this purpose, where patients are under continuous surveillance by personnel dedicated to the EMU, injuries can be avoided even when the mobility of the patients is not restricted.
|Status||Udgivet - 1 jul. 2017|