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If you are a witness to person having any type of seizure you should use the following simple step by step instructions:
It is not necessary to call an
ambulance every time a seizure occurs in a person with known epilepsy. Most people who have epilepsy and have a seizure will recover without difficulty after a few minutes and may only need limited assistance. There are circumstances when an ambulance should be called by dialling 000 on the telephone and these are when:
Some parents or carers may have received special instructions and training to give
rectal diazepam or intranasal/
buccal midazolam as an emergency treatment for their child's seizures. This emergency treatment and training only occurs after medical consultation.
We recommend that all persons with epilepsy or their parents or carers should consider developing an Action Plan in conjunction with their doctor. This plan will provide simple, easy to read instructions on what do if a seizure occurs and help to ensure consistent assistance and interventions from any carers.
You can download an
Epilepsy Management Plan EFV which should be filled in together with your doctor.
Persons with epilepsy should consider wearing a medical ID (such as
MedicAlert) bracelet or necklace and utilise a helmet if prone to frequent falling with seizures. You should always try to take medication as ordered, avoid trigger factors for seizures, recognise potential dangers and adapt the environment to reduce injury risks.
Parents and carers should also consider undertaking a general first aid course which improves confidence in their own abilities to handle situations and may help others. A general first aid course is beneficial for providing assistance in many normal household emergency situations, not just seizure management.
St John Ambulance (Victoria)