Seizures can strike at any time. Many parents of children with epilepsy live in constant fear of that moment. Because the risk of injury or death can be decreased with monitoring or supervision, parents adjust their lives to keep their eyes constantly on their children. Some parents are forced to keep their children home from school, and others sleep in the same bed with their child. Epilepsy can take a toll on families.
According to an article in HealthNewsDigest.com several products are available in the marketplace that claim to reliably detect a child's seizure activity without frequent false alarms. Researchers at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis are on the fore-front of testing these products to see which operate as promised, in order to find one that might bring the most relief to parents.
Le Bonheur's Neuroscience Institute is the only center in the United States to review all three of seizure alarms currently on the market for home use. Two of the studies are complete and published, and the third is now underway. Patients in Le Bonheur's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit are enrolled in the studies.
The first study is "Prospective Study of 2 Bed Alarms for Detection of Nocturnal Seizures," which was published in the Journal of Child Neurology in October 2012. This study reviewed two models of the MedPage bed alarms. The researchers, led by Stephen Fulton, MD, found that these products do not adequately detect nocturnal seizures.
The second study, "Prospective Study of the Emfit Movement Monitor," has been accepted for publication. In this research, the Emfit movement monitor proved to perform better than the MedPage bed alarms. The Emfit detected 84 percent of nocturnal tonic-clonic seizures. The team, led by Kate Van Poppel, MD, added that future advancements in these alarms to detect respiration or heart rate may further improve the ability to detect seizure events.
The third study that is now underway involves the SmartWatch, which uses a watch-like device to detect excessive and repetitive movement and sends a text to a family member's phone.
Le Bonheur is home to one of the country's leading pediatric epilepsy programs. The Neuroscience Institute attracts patients from 36 states and several countries. For more information about Le Bonheur, visit lebonheur.org/our-services/neuroscience-institute/.
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats more than 250,000 children each year in a 255-bed hospital that features state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children's Hospital. Serving as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center, the hospital trains more pediatricians than any other hospital in the state. For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit lebonheur.org. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/lebonheurchild or like us at Facebook at facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens.
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