Seizure disorders Long term monitoring LTM (1732)

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Your child is scheduled for a Long Term Monitoring (LTM) in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) of Children’s Wisconsin. When you arrive, please stop at a Welcome desk for a badge and directions to Admitting. 
Your child will be in the hospital for at least 2 (or more) days.  Please plan for this.
Be at the hospital 10 minutes before your appointment time. If you come earlier, you will be given a pager. The pager will go off when your child’s room is ready.
When you are done in admitting, you will be brought to the EMU. 
If you have questions about insurance, contact your insurance company.

Please call (414) 266-6828 if you have questions after reading this sheet or: 
If your child has a cold, the flu, or a fever, if your child is ill, the admission may be rescheduled.
If your child has autism or any sensory issues.

This information will help you and your child know what LTM is and what to expect. 

A parent or legal guardian must be present for your child to be admitted. If you are the legal guardian, please be sure we have the legal documents that confirm your status. If a parent or guardian cannot be present, the LTM will be rescheduled.

What is LTM?

Does it hurt?

No. Your child will feel no pain during the recording. The EEG electrodes often itch. It may be uncomfortable for your child to sit still while the EEG electrodes are being placed. It takes about 90 minutes to do the LTM set-up.

How do I prepare for the LTM?

Who will we see during the stay?

What should I bring to the hospital?

Your child will not be able to leave the room while being monitored. Bring plenty of things for them to do, like:

It will be helpful to bring button-up shirts for your child. Do not forget to bring their personal items like glasses or hearing aids.

Also bring any items for you may need, such as:

Please leave valuables, such as jewelry, at home.

How long will my child be monitored?

Safety Information for LTM

Your child is having LTM to evaluate seizures. These safety tips will help prevent injury if your child has a seizure.

What will happen when my child is in the hospital?

Will someone need to stay with my child?

Yes. A parent or guardian must be with their child at all times during LTM. If a parent or guardian cannot be present for the whole time your child is in, the LTM must be rescheduled.

What can my child do during the monitoring?

What can’t my child do?

***Please note: A parent/guardian may not sleep with the child at any time during the LTM admission. This could keep staff from clearly seeing your child during the seizure.

What about my child’s medicines?


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.