Law enforcement and correctional officers may encounter people acting confused, having difficulty talking or understanding, or behaving inappropriately. There may be many causes of these symptoms, including seizures and epilepsy. Knowing how to recognize and respond to a person during a seizure is critical for all law enforcement officers. They also need to protect the rights of an individual having a seizure and understand the importance of consistent access to seizure medicines for persons with epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation offers training to law enforcement and correctional officers. These programs are being piloted in local Epilepsy Foundation offices and will be available online soon.

It Could Be Epilepsy: Epilepsy and Seizure Response for Law Enforcement Personnel

Course modules include:

  • Basics of Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Comorbidties and Triggers
  • Types of Seizures and First Aid
  • Treating Epilepsy
  • Handling Epilepsy-Related Events
  • Epilepsy and Driving

By completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 types of seizures and their features.
  • Describe 3 key steps in first aid for a person during a seizure with impaired or loss of awareness.
  • Identify 3 reasons why a person may need tranport to a hospital after a seizure.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining consistent access to seizure medication for a person with epilepsy.

It Could Be Epilepsy: Epilepsy and Seizure Response for Correctional Officers

Course modules include:

  • Basics of Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Epilepsy and Other Health Problems
  • Seizure Recognition and First Aid
  • Treating Epilepsy
  • Handling Epilepsy-Related Events
  • Safety Concerns in Correctional Settings

By completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key steps in first aid for a person during a seizure.
  • Identify when a person may need transport to a hospital after a seizure.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining consistent access to seizure medication for a person with epilepsy.
  • Maintain a person's safety in different settings.

How can I find the programs?

Questions & Answers

Who can take these courses?

The courses are intended for law enforcement and correctional officers, but others who work in these settings may find the information helpful.

Are there any prerequisites to take the course?

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. The information can be presented at one time which takes about 1 hours to complete or may be done in smaller sessions.

What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?

  • You need access to a computer with reliable internet, and your browser must support JavaScript.
  • You will be asked to complete pre and post tests when it is offered in-person.

Course Contact Information

 

This program is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under cooperative agreement number 1U58DP0026256-02-00, CFDA 93.850. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC.

Reviewed By: 
Patricia O. Shafer RN
MN
on: 
Monday, August 6, 2018