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About the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)

EMU Admission

Certain criteria must be met and steps followed before admission to the EMU can take place:

  1. Typically, patients have an initial outpatient consultation with a physician in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. If appropriate, an admission will then be scheduled. Referring physicians will receive a full report from the patient's EMU neurologist after discharge. 
  2. Once the admission is scheduled, all patients should report to the hospital's main admitting office at the instructed time on the day of admission. The admission process may take two hours or more.

EMU Patient Information: Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Mackenzie Cervenka, M.D. and Sarah Kelley, M.D., co-directors of the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, share details about the unit and its purpose, why patients are referred, and what happens after discharge.

Preparing for your EMU Stay

Get answers to questions about how to prepare for your stay on the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, such as what to wear, what to bring, what to expect on your arrival and what to expect during your stay.

Epilepsy Surgery Stories: Johns Hopkins EMU

Halle and Erica came from different families and backgrounds, but each of them had seizures that benefited from surgical treatment. Hear their stories and what their experiences were like at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit - Patient Resources

Learn about available support resources for epilepsy patients and families and about the ongoing epilepsy research at The Johns Hopkins Hospital that may lead to a better understanding of the origins of seizures and more successful treatment through medications, diet and surgery.

Visiting Hours

Regular hospital visiting hours are noon until 8:00 p.m. Each patient is limited to two visitors at one time.

Family members are encouraged to spend as much time as they wish with the patient, and one family member is permitted for overnight stays. If the patient has special needs or is a very young child, one family member should plan on staying with the patient at all times and remaining in the patient's room overnight every night the patient is cared for in the EMU. A cot will be provided and guest meal trays can be requested.

The EMU Nurse Manager or EMU Staff Assistant can answer questions regarding visiting privileges.

Request an Appointment

For more information, request an appointment at the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center.


Scheduled for Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins?

Watch the patient experience video before you come

ONLINE SEMINAR: Epilepsy Surgery: Putting the Puzzle Together

Did you miss the online discussion with neurosurgeon William Anderson on epilepsy surgery? Dr. Anderson discusses treatment option for epilepsy and recent surgical advances that may offer help where medical management and medications have not.

Watch the recording here.

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