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SUBURBAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL IS FIRST AND ONLY HOSPITAL IN PENNSYLVANIA TO OFFER CERIBELL RAPID RESPONSE EEG

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SUBURBAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL IS FIRST AND ONLY HOSPITAL IN PENNSYLVANIA TO OFFER CERIBELL RAPID RESPONSE EEG

SUBURBAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL IS FIRST AND ONLY HOSPITAL IN PENNSYLVANIA TO OFFER CERIBELL RAPID RESPONSE EEG

East Norriton, PA (October 17, 2020) – Suburban Community Hospital has operationalized the first seizure burden trending device by way of EEG for effective patient management in Pennsylvania. This is the most accurate EEG seizure burden monitoring, called Ceribell Rapid Response EEG, and the technology allows for 24/7 continuous bedside EEG monitoring and alert.

The Ceribell Rapid Response EEG allows staff to detect Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus within minutes of suspicion of seizure and stroke. The equipment is an EEG headband with 10 electrodes placed around the head and ready to use within seconds. Compared to conventional EEGs, the device is also easy to disinfect. At just a bit larger than a cellphone, it can be placed in a biohazard bag or disinfected with a sanitizing wipe. The headband worn by the patient is disposable.

To ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment, with seizures and stroke, Ceribell Rapid Response EEG has a cloud-linked, portable electroencephalogram (EEG) device to enable EEG assessments within minutes in Suburban Community Hospital’s emergency rooms and intensive care units.

The Ceribell system is comprised of a brain stethoscope that turns brain data into sound, enabling nurses or doctors to literally listen to the organ, and a machine learning-based seizure detection algorithm that monitors the brain 24/7. If a patient goes into prolonged seizure – longer than five minutes – the device beeps to alert the clinician.

“It’s a big game changer for patients in our emergency room, making EEG more accessible, and it reduces the time for patients to potentially remain in a seizure and possibly acquire secondary brain injury,” said Richard M. Lucas, MD, FACEP, chair, department of emergency medicine, Suburban Community Hospital.

Ceribell, Inc. recently performed a study that found without Ceribell Rapid Response EEG, top academic centers with 24/7 EEG capability experience at least a four-hour wait time for conventional EEG. Further, diagnostic accuracy of physicians relying on clinical judgement alone is only slightly better than chance when making empiric decisions.

“This new generation of EEG technology takes the treatment of seizures and stroke to the next level,” Dr. Lucas added.

Results from the study show that Ceribell Rapid Response EEG enabled physicians to easily make more accurate judgments regarding the presence or absence of seizure activity compared to clinical suspicion alone. Physicians with access to Ceribell EEG had 90% diagnostic accuracy versus just 65% when using clinical judgement alone.

“It provides patients with more precise and accurate care, and physicians with a reliable diagnostic tool,” according to LaToya Bonk, MSN, RN, emergency department and psychiatric services director of Suburban Community Hospital.

Recently, Suburban Community Hospital used Ceribell Rapid Response EEG monitoring device in the emergency room. The patient was experiencing a prolonged postictal confusion, where the temporary brain condition following seizures last several minutes, and in this case the patient was in an unresponsive state.

The physicians were concerned for the present of the non-convulsive seizure, which is when a patient can have an ongoing seizure activity with minimal or no motor movements, and alteration of consciousness. This type of seizure can be under diagnosed but was addressed by Ceribell Rapid Response EEGs. The device was able to confirm no further seizure activity existed, and the patient was able to remain at the hospital.

Without the use of Ceribell Rapid Response EEGs and the Hospital’s collaboration with their neurologists the Hospital would have been forced to transfer the patient unnecessarily to another institution.

Bonk added, “We are excited to be able to bring this groundbreaking technology to Suburban Community Hospital and to our community for better patient care.”

According to Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) guidelines, an EEG is required within 15-60 minutes for the evaluation and management of status epilepticus. Prior clinical studies indicate that the wait time to conventional EEG is about 4-hours, in community hospitals the wait time can be much longer. This study confirms these long wait times occur both during and after hours with conventional EEG practice, even in facilities with 24/7 onsite EEG technologists.

The Ceribell Rapid Response EEG system was delivered within 5 minutes, providing clinicians with the diagnostic information they need so they can make informed treatment decisions quickly.

Dr. Lucas explained, “Once the EEG is set up, the data is streamed through a secured portal, and the remote neurologist can easily review the data in real time and the results demonstrate Ceribell Rapid Response EEG’s has a dramatic impact for managing critically ill patients.”

NBC 10 News Story: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/coronavirus/how-one-montco-hospital-is-fighting-the-coronavirus-surge/2604764/?fbclid=IwAR03kNe-vwoLxQ3d_QHFg-DWKpwpy17eW2jArzna93syiXNTrnuG27U1d6o

To learn more about Suburban Community Hospital’s ER visit us online at https://www.suburbanhosp.org/

About Suburban Community Hospital- Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.

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