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Advancing Awareness of Epilepsy & Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)


Seizure Safety

Knowing the proper steps on seizure first aid is important knowledge for any person to have. You never know that one day it might enable to keep a person who is seizing safe, or even save a life.

How To Respond to a Seizure:

  • Note the time the seizure begins, the duration of the seizure matters to first responders and doctors.
  • Protect the person seizing by clearing the area around them and gently holding them to prevent them from hitting any sharp or dangerous objects.
  • Cushion the person’s head.
  • Roll the person on their side to prevent choking, and ensure their airway is clear.
  • Loosen any tight neckwear, such as a scarf or tie.
  • Don’t panic. Stay calm and reassure the person seizing that you are there to help.
  • Know the response plan for family and friends. This may include rescue medications for seizures that last longer than a specified duration.
  • If the person is a relative or a close friend and you feel they are protected, consider capturing a video of the seizure to share with their neurologist.
  • Stay with the person until they are full awake and reoriented.
  • If the seizure persists for more than 5 minutes, or if you’re concerned for the person’s safety, call 9-1-1.

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