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The Krembil Brain Institute has a 10-bed unit for patients, making it the largest adult epilepsy monitoring unit in Canada.
At the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, you're monitored for several days through video and EEG recordings to locate the source of your seizure and epilepsy process. The results are used to guide the best possible treatment plan for you.
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We will communicate your appointment time to your referring physician's office. If you do not receive confirmation within a few weeks, please ask the office to follow up on the status of your referral.
Your stay at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit will last until enough data on your seizure activity is recorded. Because you'll be staying at the EMU for as long as 1-3 weeks, it's important to pack what you'll need. You should bring everyday clothes and toiletries as well as recreational materials to help pass the time in the monitoring bed.
Some suggested items to remember are:
Please bring with you a list of your current medications. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.
When you arrive at Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, check in at the reception desk. Please have the following ready:
On your first day, you will see an EEG technician who will glue the electrodes that will be used for monitoring onto your skull. You will proceed to the EMU and will spend most of the time in bed or in a comfy chair. Your anti-seizure medications will be stopped by the neurologist. This will allow the neurologist to locate the source of the seizure.
You may leave the EMU only if you're accompanied by a family member of friend and only twice per day. It's very important not to miss any collected seizure data so we encourage you to leave the EMU as little as possible. Because your medications are stopped, this is also for your safety.
When enough seizures are recorded, your medications will be restarted and the EEG recording stopped.
A follow-up appointment will be made in the Epilepsy Clinic with the neurologist to talk about all findings and plans. If your seizures can be helped by surgery, you'll have all the necessary tests done and have an appointment with a neurosurgeon specializing in epilepsy surgery.
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.