Ambulatory monitoring is a prolonged, continuous EEG recording using a small portable computer that you take home.
Reasons for an Ambulatory Monitoring test:
- To record sleep throughout the night.
- To capture "events" or seizures.
- To determine what kind of seizures your child is having and how often they are happening.
This computer can record for up to 24 continuous hours.
A responsible adult (parent, family member or caregiver) must be with your child at all times during the monitoring:
to keep the equipment safe. The equipment is very expensive and you are responsible for its safety once you leave the hospital. We will ask you to sign a release form stating that you will take full responsibility for the equipment.
to keep your child safe while wearing the equipment.
to press the event button when the test is being done to capture events or seizures.
All children must have clean, dry hair (no gel, hairspray or oil).
As some children (especially teens) feel self-conscious about wearing the equipment, we suggest they bring a large hat or hoodie and their own backpack to help them feel less conspicuous.
Please call the EEG department at 604-875-2124 before your appointment date and ask to speak to the Head Technologist if:
- you are worried that you cannot keep the equipment safe;
- you are concerned that your child will not be able to handle having the electrodes on for 24 hours;
- you cannot make arrangements for responsible adults familiar with your child to supervise for the full time of the monitoring;
- you have other concerns