P.058 Introduction of continuous video EEG monitoring into two different NICU models by training neonatal nurses Academic Article uri icon

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  • Background: Continuous video-EEG (cvEEG) monitoring is the standard of care for diagnosis and management of neonatal seizures. However, it is labour-intensive. We aimed to establish consistency in monitoring of newborns utilising NICU nurses. Methods: Neonatal nurses were trained to apply scalp electrodes, troubleshoot technical issues. Guidelines, checklists and visual training modules were developed. A central network system allowed remote access to the cvEEGs by the epileptologist for timely interpretation and feedback. We compared 100 infants with moderate to severe HIE before and after the training program. Results: 192 cvEEGs were performed. Of the 100 infants compared; time to initiate brain monitoring decreased by average of 31.5 hours, in electrographic seizure detection increased(20% compared to 34% a), seizure clinical misdiagnosis decreased (65% compared to 36% ), and Anti-Seizure burden decreased. Conclusions: Training experienced NICU nurses to set-up, start and monitor cvEEG can decrease the time to initiate cvEEG which may lead to better seizure diagnosis and management.


  • Goswami, Ipsita
  • Bello-Espinosa, L
  • Buchhalter, J
  • Amin, H
  • Howlett, A
  • Esser, M
  • Thomas, S
  • Metcalfe, C
  • Lind, J
  • Oliver, N
  • Kozlik, S
  • Mohammad, K

publication date

  • June 2018