What if You Are the First Responder to a Seizure?

epilepsyawarenessThe first response often makes a life-changing difference for someone who is having a seizure. Dr. Jaffe, along with the LeBauer Neurology team, educates patients and their families on ways to help when a seizure occurs. Even if you do not have a family member with epilepsy, it is important to be aware of ways to handle this emergency situation and keep a patient safe. The last blog posts from LeBauer shared information to help you recognize when a seizure is occurring, and this post will help you prepare to respond with ten simple steps.

10 Steps for the Seizure First Responder:

1) Keep calm and prevent injury.

2) Remove items that may get in the way of the person’s breathing.

3) Time the seizure with a watch to be aware of length of seizure.

4) Don’t hold a person down or put anything in their mouth.

5) Turn the person gently on their side to help keep their airway clear.

6) Only attempt CPR after the seizure ends and if the person is not breathing.

7) Stay present until the seizure ends naturally and the person is fully awake.

8) Do not offer the person water or food until seizure ends naturally and they are stable.

9) Be friendly and reassuring to them as they regain consciousness.

10) Offer to call a taxi or a friend/family member to drive them home, if needed.

When does it become an Emergency that requires you to call 911?

CDC shares information on different types of seizures and when to consider a seizure an emergency. Click here to learn more about when you should call 911.

Have you or a loved one suffered a seizure?

LeBauer Neurology is home to three board-certified providers. Specializing in complex neurological disorders such as epilepsy, they have the knowledge and skills to improve patients’ overall quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from seizures, contact us today. If not, we hope you will share this post in honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

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