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Seizure First Aid

Hi everyone!

This week the Epilepsy Foundation has launched a national seizure first aid awareness campaign through social media. A tip a day is being posted on facebook and via twitter. Can you help spread the word and help someone with seizures? Your help can save a life!

Here's the first few tips to get us started!
- Stay calm when you see someone having a seizure. The seizure most people think of involves someone falling and convulsing. This is called a tonic-clonic seizure, and it can be scary -- especially if you don’t know what is happening. One key to staying calm is recognizing this kind of seizure and knowing what to do. A tonic-clonic seizure is usually short and rarely dangerous. Staying calm will help you help the person having the seizure. For more on how to recognize seizures and know what to do . #FirstAid #Epilepsy #Seizures

- Today’s first aid for seizures tip is: Prevent injury by moving nearby objects away from a person having a seizure. When someone is having a tonic-clonic (convulsive) seizure, they are unaware of their surroundings. Clearing away sharp or hard objects the person could hit while having this kind of seizure is especially important. If the person becomes injured during the seizure, call an ambulance. If you are curious about when to call an ambulance, check out this website. #FirstAid #Epilepsy #Seizures

Spread the word and thanks so much! Please feel free to post feedback and questions. We learn best from each other!

Have a great day and post and retweet away!

Epihelp
Resource Specialist
pshafer@efa.org

Comments

Re: Seizure First Aid

I have been very fanilar with first aid for seizures for many years. But thanks because the information does need to get out and into schools and the general public

Will there be any first aid for other seizures? Some seizures I have many people do not know waht is going on because they are absence or partial seizures even some complex partial seizures people do not know what is happening other than I can't do anything with my hand for a short period of time

Thanks
Joe

Re: Seizure First Aid

Here's another tip!

Keep onlookers back a safe distance. If the seizure should happen in a crowded place and people are crowding around simply ask them to move away. #FirstAid #Epilepsy #Seizures

Hope you are sharing posts and tweets!

Epi_help
Resource Specialist

Re: Seizure First Aid

And another one! Don't forget this one....Time how long the seizure lasts. Most tonic-clonic seizures will end in a short time. However, if the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, call 911 for help. It is NOT recommended that you take the person to the hospital yourself. #FirstAid #Epilepsy #Seizures

The same holds true for partial seizures. They usually last only seconds or may a couple minutes. But it can be hard to tell when a seizure ends because people may be confused or have trouble talking for a while. Talk to your health care team about when to call for help with partial seizures. Emergency help is needed if a partial seizure keeps recurring, as in clusters, or the person doesn't return to their baseline within a typical length of time for them. When in doubt about how long to wait or what type of seizure the person has, call for help and let others make sure the person is okay.

Epi_help
Resource Specialist

Re: Seizure First Aid

Make the person as comfortable as possible. Putting something soft under the person’s head and turning him on his side will help keep him safe during a seizure. Loosen any tight clothing, like a tie, and make sure he is not restrained in any way. Here is a guide you can download with other seizure first aid tips http://bit.ly/17Kp7ZU #FirstAid #Epilepsy #Seizures

Turning the person on their side is important if the person is unconscious. If a person is having a complex partial seizure, don't try to get them on the ground or on their side, but stay with them to keep them safe. If they are walking, walk with them in an enclosed safe area.

Epi_help
Resource Specialist

Re: Seizure First Aid

Today’s first aid tips are very important and common mistakes. When someone is having a convulsive seizure: Do NOT hold the person down and do NOT put anything in her mouth. Holding the person down can cause injury to you or her. Placing something in her mouth during a seizure could cause damage to her teeth or worse. #FirstAid #Epilepsy #Seizures

Epi_help
Resource Specialist