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The Impact of Amplitude-Integrated Electroencephalography on NICU Practice.
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PMID:  22547518     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: To examine how the introduction of amplitude-integrated electroencephalography (aEEG) to our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) influenced clinical practice. Methods: This was a retrospective study examining clinical practice three years before and three years after the introduction of aEEG monitors to our NICU. A time series analysis was performed to explore whether aEEG introduction was associated with changes in the rates of conventional EEGs performed, neurology consultations and neonates diagnosed with seizures. Results: Following aEEG introduction, the total number of conventional EEGs performed remained constant; however, there was significant shift in conventional EEG utilization towards neonates receiving fewer multiple EEGs and more single EEGs. There was no change in the rate of neurology consultations or the number of neonates diagnosed with seizures. Conclusions: Introduction of aEEG monitors to our NICU has led to less reliance on conventional EEG as a tool for the serial evaluation of brain function. Since the number of neonates diagnosed with seizures did not increase, aEEG monitoring did not appear to uncover a significant subgroup of patients with subclinical seizures that would previously have gone undetected. Conventional EEG and aEEG are complementary tools for the assessment of newborn cerebral function.
Juan Pablo Appendino; Patrick J McNamara; Matthew Keyzers; Derek Stephens; Cecil D Hahn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Canadian journal of neurological sciences. Le journal canadien des sciences neurologiques     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0317-1671     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Neurol Sci     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0415227     Medline TA:  Can J Neurol Sci     Country:  Canada    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  355-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Division of Neurology, Children's Hospital of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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