Jefferson Health

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

As part of the epilepsy evaluation given by your physician of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, you may be admitted to our specially designed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, located on the 9th floor of the Gibbon Building.

Monitoring allows us to see precisely how many seizures you are having. It can also tell us which medications might be best for you by determining exactly what type of epilepsy you have. If you are being considered for surgery, monitoring is necessary to locate the area where your seizures begin.

Equipped with Advanced Technologies for Monitoring Activity

Our Epilepsy Unit consists of six beds, all in private rooms. Each room is customized with special lighting, carpeting, cables and cameras. The Unit is equipped with technologically superior equipment that includes:

  • An EEG monitoring room with video and continuous EEG display
  • 128-channel-per-patient capability
  • Computerized spike and seizure detection
  • Nursing station alarm for seizures
  • Protocol for behavioral testing during seizures

The patient lounge is equipped with an entertainment center, games and tables for meals. There is a central nursing station with a video display to allow nurses to monitor seizure activity. The nursing staff is trained specifically in epilepsy care.

The staff of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center will schedule your inpatient stay and obtain preauthorization from your insurance company, if it is required. You will be notified of any preadmission testing procedures that may be necessary.

During Your Stay in the Unit

The average time you will be in the hospital is five to seven days, unless your physician specifically told you otherwise. Our goal is to capture three to five typical seizure events. This often involves decreasing your current medications.

During your stay in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, you will have:

  • EEG electrodes placed on your scalp, just like a routine EEG, for 24 hours a day while in the Hospital
  • Special electrodes called sphenoidal electrodes may also be used
  • An MRI of the brain if one has not already been done. An MRI of the brain is the image of your brain that can show abnormalities that help determine where your seizures begin.

Other testing includes:

  • SPECT scan, which is a test that looks at the blood flow in your brain and can help determine where your seizures begin
  • Neuropsychological testing, which are paper and pencil tests that evaluate your memory, language and spatial perception, among other abilities

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Visiting Hours

Daily: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You may get permission for one adult family member over 18 years of age for an extended or overnight stay. A reclining chair is available in each patient room.