Course Title: Perform electroencephalography (EEG)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5086C

Course Title: Perform electroencephalography (EEG)

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4205 - Certificate IV in Neurophysiology Technology

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anna Exley

Nominal Hours: 200

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course will be assessed with -

 HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to prepare a patient for and to perform an EEG and to provide an interim report to assist the final EEG report. Work will be performed within a prescribed range of functions involving routine and non-routine methods and procedures, which require the exercise of some discretion and judgement. EEG’s are commonly conducted in hospitals and neurologists’ rooms. All activities are carried out in accordance with organisational policies, procedures and infection control guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTNE401B Perform electroencephalography (EEG)


Attach monitoring equipment

Performance Criteria:

Utilise personal protective equipment in accordance with standard and additional precautions
Select type and number of electrodes according to client needs
Conduct head measurement to verify sites for electrode placement according to current standards and organisation policies and procedures
Complete skin preparation according to infection control guidelines and client’s needs 
Attach other monitoring equipment as required
Correctly connect required leads between interface/head box and machine
Perform pre test electrode impedance and establish integrity of electrodes and application
Adjust equipment and electrodes as required
Enter client details on testing equipment or on paper traces, as required 
Perform pre-test on machine and biological calibration


Completion of procedure

Performance Criteria:

 Perform post test electrode impedance and integrity of electrode and contact verified
Perform post test machine and biological calibration
Validate existence of the computerised file on hard drive, if required 
Identify and action abnormal EEG patterns which require immediate medical attention 
Remove EEG leads and electrodes from client and wash paste/gel off client 
Provide client with assistance as required, on completion of the procedure 
Confirm timely follow up with referring doctor for results 
Record test details for retrieval and statistical purposes according to department procedures 
Provide information to client and carer according to duty of care 
Clean equipment dry and store in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and infection control guidelines 
Dispose of disposable EEG electrodes and other materials in accordance with waste management procedures and infection control guidelines


Conduct EEG recording

Performance Criteria:

 Perform additional validation techniques
Apply techniques according to client details and annotate concurrent results on record 
Validate electrode impedance i throughout test as required 
Recognise artefacts annotate on record, and eliminate or reduce 
Identify expected waveforms related to clinical conditions and age groups 
Identify and action any abnormal EEG patterns and waveforms which require immediate attention 
Use derivations and machine settings according to test requirements, concurrent results and client needs 
Select activation procedures according to request form and client’s concurrent results/response 
Monitor client’s response to activation procedure and adapt procedure accordingly 
Add/attach further monitoring equipment and/or electrodes in response to concurrent findings 
Annotate on recording response to activation procedure and changes throughout the procedure 
Determine appropriate length of recording according to standards, medical referral and concurrent EEG results 
Identify and meet client needs during the EEG 
Identify severe reactions and complications and respond in accordance with organisation emergency procedures


Generate report

Performance Criteria:

 Review client details and correct as required 
Review annotations and correct to provide accurate and concise information 
Forward technical report/results with accompanying documentation to neurologist for review or assessment and reporting


Prepare client for procedure

Performance Criteria:

 Ensure client receives information on access to test location and test to be attended 
Receive and process request for EEG 
Correctly identify client ,inform and reassure client regarding the procedure 
Give client/carer opportunities to ask questions and discuss areas of concern 
Check client consent has been obtained 
Review client’s medical history , seek clarification on specific details and take action as required


Prepare equipment, material and environment.

Performance Criteria:

 Review client booking list for client details 
Identify special needs of client 
Select equipment, materials and location for test 
Ensure equipment and materials selected are clean and dry, in working order, and, where applicable, calibrated 
Review relevant, current literature and protocols 
Arrange client booking according to organisation procedures, client needs, and reason for study

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning guide for this course is available online on the learning hub.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule for this program is available online on the learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All the resources for this course are available online on the learning hub.

Overview of Assessment

The assessments include online and written assessment tasks (variety of quizzes, log books, worksheets, assignments, portfolio, theory examinations) and a practical examination at the end of the course.

Assessment Tasks

All the assessment tasks for this course are detailed on the learning hub.

Assessment Matrix

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