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What To Do If Someone Is Having An Epilepsy Seizure

Posted by on Saturday, October 24, 2009, 9:12
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The most important thing to do if someone is having an epilepsy seizure is to prevent her from harm. If she is falling, gently get her to a bed or sofa, or floor. Prevent injury from objects around her. Do not attempt to place objects in the person’s mouth in a misguided attempt to keep the person from swallowing her tongue.

It is actually impossible to swallow the tongue. This practice hes unfortunately become commonplace, but actually places both the person having the epilepsy seizures and the witness risk of injury.

The person’s teeth may be broken by biting the object, or the object could become lodged in the throat, interfering with breathing. Contractions of the jaw are extremely forceful during a seizure, so the well meaning onlooker may also find himself with a severe bite to his hand. The tongue is, however, often bitten during a seizure, this cannot be prevented and will, in any case, heal relatively quickly.

If the person remains unconscious after the seizure stops, the safest position for the person is one her side. As secretions are frequently present during seizures, and the person will be unable to protect the airway, this position will allow secretions to drain and prevent the possibility of aspiration of fluids into the lungs.

The person may be confused or even violent after a seizure. An onlooker should speak calmy and reassuringly and not try to restrain the person in any way (no holding or pushing), as this can increase agitation. If a person is in a dangerous area such as a roadway, it is wise to try to lead her gently to a safer place. If law enforcement or emergency medical personnel arrive, onlookers should be sure to tell them that the person had a seizure.

Police may mistake confused behavior for drunkenness or drug use, with subsequent  confrontation and restrain of the person, possibly leading to further agitation, violence, and mistakes arrest.

Most people with a known seizure disorder do not need to be taken to an emergency room after a typical, uncomplicated seizure. If injury occurs requiring treatment or if the seizure is prolonged, immediate attention may be required. In other cases, it is sufficient to simply allow the person to recover, review things that may have caused the seizure, and consider whether the treating physician needs to be called.

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