Specialties

  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit


  • NAEC Level 3 Epilepsy Center

    Littleton Adventist Hospital’s “Centura Epilepsy Center” is accredited by the NAEC as a level 3 epilepsy center. Level 3 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

    The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Littleton Adventist Hospital is designed for patients 17 and older who need prolonged inpatient video electroen­cephalogram (EEG) monitoring. The EMU provides the medical team the ability to safely provoke seizure activity by removing anti-epileptic drugs in a controlled environment. The EMU is physically located within the ICU, so patients are closely monitored by nursing staff and have immediate access to acute care when seizures do occur. In as many as 88% of cases, a definitive diagnosis is achieved. Treatment is influenced in as many as 80% of these cases.

    The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) is part of the Brain and Spine Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Our team of neurologist, epileptologists, and neurosurgeons offers patients extensive experience and a broad range of treatment options in the complex areas of interventional neurology, neuro-oncology, neurotrauma, functional neurology, and more.

  • EMU Admissions 

  • Admitting reasons to the EMU include

    • Determine if the patient is a candidate for epilepsy surgery.
    • Patients that are having recurrent spells that may or may not be epileptic seizures.
    • Safe inpatient medication treatment of complex epileptic cases.
    • Evaluating response to medications or medication changes.
    • Identify the type, origin, and quantity of seizures or spells.
  • Are You a Candidate for Our EMU?

  • If you think you could benefit from our EMU service, please contact your neurologist, epileptologist or primary care physician. You will need a referral from one of these providers for admission.

    For more information contact the Neuroscience Nurse Practitioner at 303-734-8737

    Helpful Tips for Patients

    Eplilepsy Monitoring Unit, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton, Colorado

    • Wash and dry your hair before arriving. Because of the electrode placement on your head it will not be possible to shower or shampoo your hair during your stay. You will be able to take sponge baths.
    • Bring all your medications.
    • For your comfort, plan to bring lounging clothes like sweatpants, shorts or pajamas to wear during your stay. Tops should either button or sip up the front for ease of removal once the electrodes are in place.
    • Bring magazines, books, DVDs, laptops, etc. for entertainment during your stay.

    What Patients Can Expect

    • A typical length of stay is between 3-5 days.
    • Our large, private rooms include numerous comfort and entertainment amenities.
    • 24/7 video/audio, EEG data and cardiac telem­etry monitoring by trained staff to ensure patient safety. Littleton Hospital's EMU is the only one in the state to have the capability to record high definition video.
    • A multi-disciplinary team approach to care that includes board-certified epileptologists and neurosurgeons with subspecialty training and expertise in treating patients with seizures and epilepsy, nursing specialists and registered EEG technologists.
    • A complete report of findings and treatment recommendations sent to referring physicians from the EMU's attending epileptologist after the patient's discharge.
    • Additional testing may be ordered and can include SPECT/CT and/or PET/CT for evaluation of the blood flow or brain metabolism
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