Preparing for EMU stay
We understand staying in a hospital can be very stressful. We are here to help make your stay as
easy as possible. Please let us know whenever we can help.
The following guidelines are for you to read and follow. This information is necessary in order to provide a safe environment for all of our patients and families.
What to know before and during your stay
Please download and/or print the following documents so that you know what to bring to the EMU for your child's stay, and also what to expect while you are here. Doing so will help to make your visit with us much simpler so you can focus on the most important thing of all, your child's well being.
Caring for your child
It is important for children to follow their daily routine as much as possible. Please continue to care for your child as you do at home. We are always willing to assist you when needed.
- Always keep the siderails up on your child's bed or crib.
- Please do not sleep in the same bed with
your child. You may stay in the bed until your child
falls asleep, but then it is very important
to move. Not only is this a safety precaution, but
it also allows the video EEG camera to see your
child's seizures on film without a parent blocking the
view of the camera.
- Seizure first aid training: May be watched on the
room television. See the posted TV channel guide.
CPR Training: May be watched on the room
television. The hospital staff has CPR videos
and pamphlets available as well.
- IV site: Please notify your nurse at once if you see any redness or swelling at IV sites.
- Telephone information to relatives: If you would
like for us to give relatives information about your
child's condition, please pick a password and tell it to
your nurse. We only give telephone information to
relatives who have this password.
- Video monitoring technicians watch the patient
on camera for signs of seizure activity 24 hours
each day. They may not leave the control
room. Please use your call light for any needs.
- Due to patient confidentiality, no parents or
patients are allowed in the control room.
Please use your call bell and do not knock
on the control room doors.
- Use the event button to mark any seizure
events. Your nurse will explain how this button
works. Take the covers off your child and
turn on the light when a seizure occurs too.
- When a seizure occurs, a nurse will come to the
room to check on the patient. You may also
hear instructions from a speaker in your room.
Your child may be asked questions or told to do
things like raise a hand or count during a
seizure. Sometimes, staff members apply a
small amount of pressure to your child's arm,
leg, or shoulder during a seizure. This helps the
doctor learn more about the seizure type.
Check out at the nurse's station before leaving unit
- ID wrist band: Always wear you ID wrist band especially if you and your child plan to visit other areas in the hospital. If you are not wearing an ID band you will be asked to return to your unit.
- Visiting hours: Visiting hours are over
at 9:00 p.m. Family members entering the hospital
after 9:00 p.m. must check in at the registration
desk in the ER. The security staff will check your
wrist band and/or explain what you need to do.
We are here to help.
If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. Call our offices at: 682-885-2500 to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff.