Preterm Infants EEG
This study aims to establish the most useful EEG characteristics in the very preterm infant (<32 weeks gestational age (GA)) that accurately predict long term outcome at 2 years of age. We will investigate the potential role of EEG in clinical management and describe the incidence of electrical seizures in these young infants. Characteristics of electrographic seizures and seizure burden in preterm infants is not well established, therefore the findings could again correlate with a two year neurodevelopmental outcome. For accurate proceedings in outcome, it would be effective to monitor the maturation and development of the EEG during the early post natal period. A continuous EEG monitoring is the most valuable tool for the detection of brain activity in infants, including seizure capture and the evolution of activity. By looking at an evolving trace, we can try and analyse whether certain characteristics appear to lead towards a poor prognosis.