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St. Joseph Medical Center implements new seizure care technology

Using new technology that rapidly detects non-convulsive seizures in patients, St. Joseph Medical Center physicians can now better treat critically ill patients in comas or who are unresponsive and do not exhibit any outward signs of seizure.

“Prolonged seizure activity can result in brain damage, therefore it is essential to recognize, diagnose and treat quickly,” said Morgan Boyer, clinical program coordinator. “The Ceribell Rapid Response Electroencephalogram (EEG) system gives us that ability. It is designed for quick setup and triage of seizures within minutes by any health care provider.”

Consisting of a headband with integrated electrodes, a pocket-size recorder with a brain stethoscope and an online portal for remote viewing, the Ceribell EEG delivers an immediate tracing that a neurologist can see. The device makes it possible to focus the patient’s treatment and avoid overtreatment.

“A standard EEG can take up to an hour to place and then requires a neurologist to translate the information into diagnosis,” Boyer said. “Ceribell decreases diagnosis time by 83% while putting the diagnosis in the hands of a bedside physician with a neurology follow-up. It also delivers 90% diagnostic accuracy versus 65% based on clinical treatment alone.”

St. Joseph Medical Center has invested in the technology and the training to ensure its nurses and physicians know when to order the Ceribell Rapid Response EEG, who to use it on and what to do with the information it provides.

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