Cook Children’s Medical Center – Prosper Adds Seizure Care Service
The new EEG monitoring service at Cook Children’s – Prosper is made possible through collaboration with the Neurosciences team in Fort Worth.
By Ashley Antle
Today, Cook Children’s Medical Center - Prosper launched a new testing and diagnostic service that allows children experiencing seizures to receive care closer to their homes and communities. The test, called continuous electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring, reads electrical activity in the brain and is an essential tool for detecting and diagnosing a seizure disorder.
Prosper resident and father of two, Kevin Greene knows all too well the challenges of having to leave your community to seek medical care and how that impacts a family. In February, the vice president and administrator at Cook Children’s – Prosper, Greene and his wife Christy, took their 9-month-old son Matthew to the emergency department at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth after he experienced what appeared to be a seizure episode at their home.
The Greenes began to notice symptoms in Matthew a couple of weeks prior to the event and consulted with Damian Campbell, D.O., a Prosper-based pediatric neurologist and member of Cook Children’s Physician Network.
“We took Matthew to see Dr. Campbell, who is amazing, and we were watching his condition closely, but following this episode he encouraged us to go to our medical center in Fort Worth for further evaluation,” Greene said. “Our medical center in Prosper was open, but I knew we did not offer continuous EEG monitoring at the time and would not be able to provide the appropriate services to be able to monitor and capture what was happening. Upon arriving in Fort Worth, Matthew was examined in the emergency department where he was ultimately admitted to our epilepsy monitoring unit.”
The new EEG monitoring service at Cook Children’s – Prosper is made possible through collaboration with the Neurosciences team in Fort Worth, an effort that began months before Greene and his family had their own emergency.
Patients experiencing a potential seizure are admitted to the inpatient unit at Cook Children’s – Prosper where an EEG technician sets up mobile monitoring equipment and attaches monitoring electrodes to the patient’s scalp. The test livestreams to clinicians in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for observation and reading. The monitoring process typically takes at least 24 hours and requires an overnight stay in the hospital.
“This is a relationship that we've been working on for multiple months with the Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health team in Fort Worth led by M. Scott Perry, M.D., head of Neurosciences and Cynthia Keator, M.D., Medical Director of Neurology,” Greene said. “It is another great example of how the children and families we care for at Cook Children’s – Prosper will have the full weight and expertise of the entire health care system behind them.”
Several obstacles were overcome to make this remote monitoring service a reality, including building the technological infrastructure to support high-speed and secure data-sharing channels between the two medical centers for real-time monitoring of the patient’s EEG patterns and events.
“We’ve been fortunate to have the support of our main campus while we grow and bring various systems online,” said neurologist Damian Campbell, D.O. of Cook Children’s – Prosper. “Their support has offered us an opportunity to really plan out our own approach here in Prosper. We’re excited to now be able to provide continuous EEG monitoring to our community; another step forward toward our promise of delivering the highest quality care to every child in our care and communities.”
Communication and collaboration protocols between the monitoring team in Fort Worth and clinical team members in Prosper were established to coordinate care activities, share essential information and maintain seamless operations during the monitoring process.
“The project's success can be attributed to the dedication, expertise, and commitment of professionals from Cook Children's in Prosper and Fort Worth working together to achieve a common goal of providing the best possible care for patients,” said Rickey Ross, manager of the Neurodiagnostics Lab at Cook Children’s – Fort Worth. “Not only does this enhance access to specialized care and more timely interventions for kids in Prosper and the surrounding communities, but it offers convenience and comfort for patients and families, promotes knowledge sharing and optimizes resource utilization, all of which ultimately improve patient outcomes and well-being.”
Monitoring technicians in Fort Worth and nurses in Prosper underwent comprehensive training and education to prepare to support the service.
“Our nurses and clinical care team members at Cook Children’s – Prosper are excited to be able to care for patient’s needing this critical service,” said Sheralyn Hartline, RN, assistant vice president of nursing and patient care at Cook Children’s – Prosper. “Through the collaboration with our medical team in Fort Worth, we are forever changing the way families are able to access world-class pediatric neurological services close to home.”
“Our family is truly grateful for the amazing care and kindness that was provided to our son during our time in Fort Worth,” Greene said. “It brings me great joy knowing we are now able to extend the same high-quality care and experience to our families seeking care at Cook Children’s Medical Center – Prosper.”