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The management of Convulsive Refractory Status Epilepticus in adults in the UK: No consistency in practice and little access to continuous EEG monitoring.

Patel, Mitesh and Bagary, Manny and McCorry, Dougall (2015) The management of Convulsive Refractory Status Epilepticus in adults in the UK: No consistency in practice and little access to continuous EEG monitoring. Seizure, 24. pp. 33-7. ISSN 1532-2688. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NICE journals and databases http://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Abstract

PURPOSE

Convulsive Status Epilepticus (CSE) is a common neurological emergency with patients presenting with prolonged epileptic activity. Sub-optimal management is coupled with high morbidity and mortality. Continuous electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring is considered essential by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the management of Convulsive Refractory Status Epilepticus (CRSE). The aim of this research was to determine current clinical practice in the management of CRSE amongst adults in intensive care units (ICU) in the UK and establish if the use of a standardised protocol requires re-enforcement within trusts.

METHODS

75 randomly selected UK NHS Trusts were contacted and asked to complete a questionnaire in addition to providing their protocol for CRSE management in ICU.

RESULTS

55 (73%) trusts responded. While 31 (56% of responders) had a protocol available in ICU for early stages of CSE, just 21 (38%) trusts had specific guidelines if CRSE occurred. Only 23 (42%) trusts involved neurologists at any stage of management and just 18 (33%) have access to continuous EEG monitoring.

CONCLUSION

This study identifies significant inconsistency in the management of CSE in ICU's across the UK. A minority of ICU units have a protocol for CRSE or access to continuous EEG monitoring despite it being considered fundamental for management and supported by NICE guidance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NICE journals and databases http://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WL Nervous system. Neurology
Divisions: Emergency Services > Neurology
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 31 May 2015 07:22
Last Modified: 31 May 2015 07:22
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/942

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