The Nursing Post Podcast

Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy l Episode 035

November 26, 2020

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where the brain activity becomes abnormal, this causes seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. There are many different types of epilepsy, and several types of seizure that epileptic patients can have. We dive into epilepsy in this episode to help spread awareness regarding one of the most common neurological disorders. 

As a nurse, patient or family member, it is important to basic first aid and safety for those who suffer from seizures. 

  1. STAY with the person and start timing the seizure.

  2. Keep the person SAFE.

  3. Turn the person onto their SIDE if they are not awake and aware.

  4. Do NOT put any objects in their mouth.

  5. Do NOT restrain.

  6. STAY with them until they are awake and alert after the seizure.

Call 911 if

  • Seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes
  • Repeated seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizure occurs in water
  • Person is injured, pregnant, or sick
  • Person does not return to their usual state
  • First time seizure
  • The person asks for medical help

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