Neurocritical Care

, 11:223 | Cite as

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

PRACTICAL PEARL

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 EEG Neurologic critical care EEG electrodes Status epilepticus 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Subdermal wire electrodes purchased from Ives EEG Solutions, Manotick, Ontario, Canada.

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© Humana Press Inc. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel U. Martz
    • 1
  • Christina Hucek
    • 1
  • Mark Quigg
    • 1
  1. 1.FE Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Department of NeurologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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