Christiana Care Health System’s Epilepsy Center received Level 3 designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
The accreditation is awarded to epilepsy centers that have the professional expertise and facilities to provide medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy in inpatient and outpatient settings.
The National Association of Epilepsy Centers defines four levels of epilepsy care and accredits epilepsy centers that provide Level 3 and 4 care. A Level 3 center provides a range of medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial services needed to treat patients with refractory epilepsy. Level 3 epilepsy centers also provide neurodiagnostic evaluations, as well as medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial services.
A feature of the Christiana Care program is the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Christiana Hospital, a facility that uses a sophisticated fall-prevention system that enables patients to move around the room safely while protecting them from injury if they have a seizure.
The Christiana Care Epilepsy Center uses a patient-focused approach to diagnose epilepsy and provide ongoing care. Outpatient services for routine care are within the outpatient neurology offices located in the HealthCare Center at Christiana, across the street from Christiana Hospital. There are currently three epilepsy specialists.
The two-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is the “crown jewel” of the Christiana Care Epilepsy Center. Patients in the unit either have persistent episodes or are experiencing unwanted side effects of medication. The unit has video- and audio-monitoring equipment, electroencephalography to measure brain waves and electrocardiography to monitor the heart’s electrical activity. Since opening in January 2018, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit has served more than 120 patients.
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