Surgical intervention is an acceptable treatment modality for children with intractable epilepsy. However, many children require a complicated evaluation process that involves placement of intracranial electrodes for purpose of extraoperative recording. The management of the child undergoing extraoperative electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring requires active participation by the nursing staff. An understanding of the electrode placement and functional mapping, proper preparation of the child and family and early detection of complications by nursing staff members is necessary to ensure a successful and safe evaluation.
Questions or comments about this article may be addressed to: Patricia Dean, RN, MSN, Department of Neuroscience, Miami Children's Hospital. 3100 SW 62nd Avenue, Miami. Florida 33155. She is a clinical nurse specialist.
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