The 2nd RCFCIP treats chronically ill patients. It provides care, among others, to patients who are in a state of long-term unconsciousness. The department has contacts with various home care services, the nursing service, and social institutes and asylums who continue the care for these patients after their discharge. The department specializes further in internist and neurological chronic and follow-up care. It includes internist and neurologist outpatient surgeries.
Part of the 2nd RCFCIP is also the Neurophysiology Laboratory, located in the Lower Area, which provides several highly specialized types of investigations.
The Neurophysiology Laboratory conducts investigations of the functions of the nervous system. In addition to electromyography and electroencephalography, and visual, acoustic, somatosensory evoked potentials from the upper and lower extremities, it also offers a specialized investigational method, “Video EEG”, which is suitable for the assessment of attacks of atypical epilepsy or other seizures. Another procedure carried out here is polysomnography, which is used to diagnose sleep disturbances – insomnia, or, on the other side of the spectrum, increased sleepiness caused mostly by neurological disorders. The disturbances of the sleep-wakefulness cycle can be investigated with the Actiwatch method. Other disorders that can be investigated are abnormal sleep states. We can also perform overnight polygraphy to detect sleep apnoea or the restless legs syndrome. Communication with the public is ensured in the Consulting Room for Sleep Disturbances. The Centre for Sleep Disorders, as part of the Neurophysiology Laboratory, has been included in the world-wide research program of the treatment of insomnia.