Neurocritical Care

, 11:223

Sixty Day Continuous Use of Subdermal Wire Electrodes for EEG Monitoring During Treatment of Status Epilepticus

Authors

    • FE Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Department of NeurologyUniversity of Virginia
  • Christina Hucek
    • FE Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Department of NeurologyUniversity of Virginia
  • Mark Quigg
    • FE Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Department of NeurologyUniversity of Virginia
PRACTICAL PEARL

DOI: 10.1007/s12028-009-9215-y

Cite this article as:
Martz, G.U., Hucek, C. & Quigg, M. Neurocrit Care (2009) 11: 223. doi:10.1007/s12028-009-9215-y

Abstract

Introduction

Use of continuous EEG in the ICU setting is increasing. The EEG electrode continues to be a weak link in the chain from recording to interpretation. The technical difficulties of maintaining artifact-free, low impedance data collection are magnified by the ICU environment and prolonged duration of monitoring often required for these patients.

Case

We describe a case demonstrating the longest reported continuous use of subdermal wire electrodes.

Discussion

Subdermal wire electrodes offer a safe method to overcome technical challenges while maintaining high-recording quality. Their advantages and disadvantages are considered in specific circumstances and in comparison to other electrode types.

Keywords

Continuous EEGNeurologic critical careEEG electrodesStatus epilepticus

Copyright information

© Humana Press Inc. 2009