Cerebral function monitoring on a general paediatric ward: feasibility and potential

Vivek Kalra, Shahul S. Shaw, Stacey Dixon, Divyen K. Shah, Paul Clarke

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Cerebral function monitoring is widely used in neonatal intensive care, but its potential role in assessment of older infants is scarcely reported. We reviewed the use of cerebral function monitoring on a general paediatric ward in a series of young infants admitted with abnormal movements. Review of the amplitude-integrated EEG obtained by cerebral function monitoring revealed electrographic seizures in four of seven infants monitored. We also surveyed general paediatric wards in hospitals in our region of the UK to ask about current use of cerebral function monitoring and local availability of formal electroencephalography services. Cerebral function monitoring was not being used in the 16 other paediatric departments surveyed, and there was very limited provision for obtaining a full-array electroencephalogram out-of-hours.

Conclusion: With adequate training and education, it is feasible to undertake cerebral function monitoring on a general paediatric ward. Continuous cerebral function monitoring is a tool that has potential use for detecting clinical seizures and augmenting clinical neuro-observations of young children admitted to a general paediatric ward.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059–1064
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Early online date6 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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