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MUSC sets high standards with Epilepsy Center's level 4 status
by Helen Adams | MUSC News Center | July 16, 2014
|Brandi Diasio, who works in the Clinical Neurophysiology Department, is getting connected to the high-density electroencephalography.|
Janice Petrilla spent years relying on others to drive her to the bus stop so she could get to work at MUSC. South Carolina doesn’t allow anyone who has had a seizure to drive for six months, and Petrilla’s epilepsy caused her to have seizures routinely. That changed after an operation stopped her seizures and allowed her to get behind the wheel again.
“It is like being let out of a cage,” said Petrilla, who works at the front desk of MUSC’s Department of Nuclear Medicine and is a former patient of MUSC’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
“Those doctors are excellent,” she said. “They dealt with me personally, and I didn’t feel like they were talking at me. They were talking with me.”
That excellence is being recognized at a national level. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has certified MUSC’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center as a level-four facility, the highest level possible, for the sixth year in a row. The level speaks to the extensive treatment and monitoring that the center can offer.
Many factors set the MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center apart, according to its director, Jonathan Edwards, M.D. Edwards also serves as professor and vice chair of clinical services in the Division of Neurology at MUSC and medical director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories.
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center also has the support of MUSC’s Neurophysiology Center, which is the most accredited neurophysiology center in the United States. The MUSC Neurophysiology Center has accreditations in five key areas involving diagnosing, measuring and monitoring nervous system and muscular problems.
The accreditations show that the work and credentials of everyone in the center have been scrutinized by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) and found to be of high quality. However, the accreditations are not required. Edwards said that centers can cut corners and not meet those standards and still see patients.
“We sought accreditation in all our labs because I think you have to set high standards. We set a standard that we want all of our neurophysiology labs to be accredited every way you can possibly be accredited. If you meet those standards, I think you’re doing really well,” Edwards said.