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what to do if a student has a seizure

What to Do if a Student Has a Seizure

Marcus Simmons

Itawamba Community College

Information provided by:

The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke & Epilepsy Ontario

seizures contents
Seizures Contents
  • Types and Description of Seizures
    • Video content of Seizure Examples
  • What to do if you see someone having a seizure with convulsions and/or loss of consciousness
  • When to call 911
  • After the Seizure
  • Seizures without convulsions or loss of consciousness
types of seizures
Types of Seizures
  • There are 2 main types of Seizures
    • Primary Generalized Seizures
      • Generally associated more with heredity issues
      • Begins with electrical discharge in a widespread manner affecting both sides of the brain
    • Partial Seizures
      • Generally associated with head trauma, brain infection, strokes, and or tumors
      • The is an electrical discharge limited to one area of the brain
primary generalized seizures
Primary Generalized Seizures
  • Some of the different kinds of seizures under this category are:
    • Absence Seizures (Same as petit mal)
    • Atypical Seizures
    • Myoclonic Seizures
    • Atonic Seizures
    • Tonic Seizures
    • Clonic Seizures
    • Tonic-Clonic Seizures (Same as Grand Mal)
partial seizures
Partial Seizures
  • Some of the different kinds of seizures under this category are:
    • Simple Partial Seizures
    • Complex Partial Seizures
    • Secondary Generalized Seizures
if you see someone having a seizure with convulsions and or loss of consciousness
If you see someone having a seizure with convulsions and/or loss of consciousness.
  • Roll the person on his or her side to prevent choking on any fluids or vomit
  • Cushion the person’s head
  • Loosen any tight clothing around the neck
  • Make sure the person’s airway is open (Only if not breathing tilt the person’s head back some and hold the jaw open)
  • Do not restrict the person from moving unless they are in danger
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  • Do not put anything into the person’s mouth; not even fluids or medicine – this can cause choking and damage to the tongue, teeth, or jaw.
  • Please Note: Contrary to popular believe People cannot swallow their tongues.
  • Remove sharp or hard objects away from the person during the seizure
  • Please Note: Note how long the seizure occurred and the symptoms exhibit so that you might tell medical personnel later
  • Always stay with the person until the seizure has ended
when to call 911
When to Call 911
  • Always best to call and alert Campus police
  • Specific situations in which you should definitely call:
    • The person is pregnant or has diabetes
    • The seizure happened in water
    • The seizure lasted for more than 5 minutes
    • The person did not start breathing or having trouble breathing
    • Another seizure starts before the person has regained consciousness
    • The person injures themselves during the seizure
    • If you think this is the person’s first seizure or if you are not sure
after a seizure what to expect and what to do
After a Seizure – What to expect and what to do
  • What to expect:
    • The person may be groggy and tired
    • They may be confused, embarrassed or disoriented
    • They may have and complain of a headache
  • What to do:
    • Be patient with the person
    • Assure them everything is alright
    • Try to make them comfortable
    • Try to question the person about any areas that might hurt them; to get an idea if there has been an injury during the seizure
what to do for a non convulsive seizure
What to do for a Non-Convulsive Seizure
  • Recognizing the non-convulsive seizure
    • This might be hard because non-convulsive seizure can appear in many different ways. The person may walk aimlessly, make odd gestures, mumble, or perform other odd and uncustomary acts
  • What to do:
    • Remember the person has no control over their actions at this point
    • Remove any dangerous objects from the person’s path
    • Do not try to stop the person from walking, unless they are in danger.
    • Do not shake the person or shout
    • Stay with the person until they are completely alert and over the seizure
to learn more about seizure disorders you may look at the following sites
To Learn More About Seizure Disorders you may look at the following sites:
  • This site gives a very good overall view of Seizure definitions, descriptions, and treatments.

http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec06/ch085/ch085a.html

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