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Spectrum Health Neurology Team Presents New Ideas At National Conference

Over the past month, the Spectrum Health neurology team traveled to Pittsburg for the American Society of Electroencephalographic Technicians 2016 Annual Conference. ASET is a premier exposition and education opportunity for neurodiagnostic technologists all over the country. Nearly 600 people including management, students, and educators took part in the three day conference. It is a must attend event for all professionals in the field. The conference provides an environment for exploring the latest trends, hands-on workshops, lectures, and the opportunity to further your professional growth. It also provided attendees the chance to connect with peers and leading experts in the industry.

Attending a national conference such as ASET has allowed for Spectrum Health to introduce and showcase some of the innovations like the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit room design. Simply put: it was a beneficial route to gain exposure in the health care industry, and also in the neurodiagnostic world.
The goal of the EMU room design is to create a room unlike the current model, which doesn’t encourage seizure activity. The re-design will increase seizure likelihood, maintain patient safety, and reduce patient length of stay. With the project being so unique, collaboration was needed between neurodiagostic professionals, students, and the Spectrum Health Innovations team to develop something completely outside the box.
This year, Pam Parker (Neurodiagnostics Supervisor) and Brian Galdis (Lead EEG Technologist) presented a poster during the conference highlighting the journey of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) design. “It was the perfect opportunity to display what our team had been working so hard on,” said Pam.
Since the EMU design concept is fairly new to the industry, displaying a poster was a powerful tool for those that attended. The poster illustrated everything from the initial idea, to the mock-up room builds. In addition, it explained the backstory behind the idea and the methods used to build upon the idea.

During the display of the poster, Pam and Brian were able to talk with other professionals and students about the EMU room design. Hearing from those that attended made it clear that this idea would certainly become a reality one day. Comments like, “Wow, that’s cool,” “Students actually built this mock-up room?,” and “I wish we had this at our facility” were expressed throughout the duration of the conference. The positive feedback and encouraging words were everything Pam and Brian hoped to hear.
As they continue to develop and improve this concept, the team plans to work closely with ASET and to attend other regional conferences across the state over the next year. For a more in-depth look into the project, Pam and Brian plan to create a manuscript for the The Neurodiagnostic Journal in the near future.
Despite the long road ahead, the project continues to move forward at a fast pace. Stay up-to-date with the progress of the EMU room design by checking out the Spectrum Health Innovations blog.

Photo credit Steven Miner