Thursday, January 31, 2008

Seizures: A quick guide

I found this info on Web MD (type in seizure)

No matter what caused the seizure, you can take steps to protect a person during a seizure and to get help after the seizure.

  • During a seizure:
    • Protect the person from injury. If possible, keep the person from falling. Try to move furniture or other objects that might cause injury during the seizure.
    • Do not force anything, including your fingers, into the person's mouth. This may cause injuries such as chipped teeth or a fractured jaw. You also could get bitten.
    • Do not try to hold down or move the person.
    • Try to stay calm.
    • Pay close attention to what the person is doing so that you can describe the seizure to rescue personnel or doctors.
    • Time the length of the seizure, if possible.

  • After a seizure:
    • Check the person for injuries.
    • Turn the person onto his or her side when the seizure ends and he or she is more relaxed.
    • If the person is having trouble breathing, use your finger to gently clear the mouth of any vomit or saliva.
    • Loosen tight clothing around the person's neck and waist.
    • Provide a safe area where the person can rest.
    • Do not give the person anything to eat or drink until he or she is fully awake and alert.
    • Stay with the person until he or she is awake and familiar with the surroundings. Most people will be sleepy or confused after a seizure.


Veloxe said...

It's not mentioned there but I do have something helpful to add (no seriously!).

When I was in a philosophy class one of the girls had a seizure during a presentation. It wasn't that bad but we all moved over to the next room while the professionals came in and did their job to make sure she was all right. The reason being that it is highly embarrassing to come back from a seizure and have a large number of people staring at you, even if it is just to know if you are alright.

So I would add that if it ever happens in public try to make sure people don't start to gather and get em to disperse. It won't help the outcome at all but it could help someone from feeling bad after the fact.

Not something I would have thought of so I figured I'd bring it up since I had the experience and it wasn't on the list.

*Mini* said...

That's a good point, Vel. I hadn't really thought about that, but I bet you are exactly right. Thanks for bringing it up.