In-home healthcare is designed to be convenient for people, but to some it may be overwhelming. Below are five things to remember during an in-home VEEG to make your test go smoothly so that your neurologist can properly diagnose you:
- Answer and/or return any phone calls you receive from Stratus. Call hours are between 7AM – 9PM in your specific time zone. A Technician could be calling you because they noticed that an electrode is loose, you are not on camera, or for another important reason.
- Call the 24/7 monitoring helpline with any questions/concerns you have during your test. 1-469-995-8416
- Stay in front of the cameras as much as possible. If this is the only thing you remember to do, please try to always stay in view of the cameras. The goal of a VEEG is to capture one of your typical events on camera so your physician can see how your body movements and brain activity may correlate. This is critical information that helps determine the right diagnosis and treatment.
- Fill out your event logs. During the test set-up process a technician helped you fill out the patient paperwork, which included the patient push button log sheets. Please make sure to fill out the logs with all the symptoms you experience during an episode such as, what you remember, feel, see, and smell. When a technician comes to remove the equipment, they will collect the logs. The more details you can provide, the better. Your physician will review your logs along with the video EEG recording to determine a diagnosis.
- Stay hydrated, cool, and try to refrain from activities that may cause you to sweat. Do not workout, take a shower or bath, or go outside in the rain. If the EEG equipment gets wet, you risk shocking yourself and destroying the equipment. Also do not tap or scratch your head as these actions cause the electrodes on your scalp to become loose and your VEEG data could be affected. Do not chew ice or gum either as these movements can affect the recording as well.
Remember, the point of your in-home video EEG test it to give your physician critical data that supports your diagnosis and treatment while also being convenient, comfortable, and more affordable than going into the hospital or EMU. If you are wondering about what will happen before or during the video EEG test, check out the What to Expect
section of our patient page. To get started scheduling your in- home VEEG, talk to your physician about a referral to Stratus, then call 888-982-8492.