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Preventing injury, adverse events or unintended consequences is a critical part of epilepsy care. People come to an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) looking for answers and a way to control, prevent or cure epilepsy. Yet many people may have complex situations with a high risk of injury due to their seizures, comorbid conditions, or treatment regimens. Planned procedures or treatment changes may increase these risks. An educational program by the American Epilepsy Society and the National Association of Epilepsy Centers aims to help close these gaps and address barriers to safe care for people with seizures and epilepsy.

Epilepsy.com’s joint effort with the American Epilepsy Society offers health care professionals a new way of keeping up-to-date on patient care issues in epilepsy. In this video, Patricia Osborne Shafer RN, MN, associate editor and community manager of epilepsy.com; Dr. Nathan Fountain, chair of the Epilepsy Foundation’s Professional Advisory Board and professor of neurology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine; and Madona Plueger RN, MSN, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center Phoenix, discuss how to develop a culture of safety, enhance patient safety in an EMU, and find resources for professional education and quality improvement.

 

This content was created through a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation and American Epilepsy Society.

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