The expected length of stay is three to five days. The duration of stay largely depends upon the frequency and complexity of seizures and the necessity of doing additional testing (e.g. SPECT scan).
In the case of a diagnostic evaluation where surgery is not being considered, the expected length of stay is three to five days. However, for a presurgical evaluation where additional testing (e.g. SPECT) and consultations (e.g. neuropsychological evaluation) might be indicated, the length of stay is five to seven days.
Most of the time, you will stay in bed or in a reclining chair next to your bed. You will be disconnected from the equipment to get up and move about twice a day. You also will be disconnected to use the restroom and to shower. Having a family member or staff person accompany you on all walks is required for your safety as your medication will be reduced or discontinued. For your safety, we also limit your walking within the unit itself.
Children are encouraged to bring along their favorite blankets, toys, books, pacifiers or other comfort items. Feel free to bring any photographs, pictures or small items that will make your child’s room seem more like home.
Parents are encouraged to stay around-the-clock with their child, though only one person may stay overnight. After monitoring is completed, young patients are welcome to use the playroom and playdeck. The playroom and playdeck are located in Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, where the Pediatric Monitoring Unit is located.
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