Epilepsy

19 July 2004

What should I do if someone has a seizure?

Do: Insert an oral airway, padded tongue blade or other soft object between the teeth at the onset of the seizure, if you have experience in doing this. Remove objects near the person that may cause injury. Put a pillow under the head if it's on a hard surface. Turn the person onto one side. Call emergency medical services if the seizure continues beyond a few minutes or if consciousness is not regained between seizures. Don't: Try to force a hard object between the teeth once the jaws are closed. Restrain the person's movements.

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Do:

  • Insert an oral airway, padded tongue blade or other soft object between the teeth at the onset of the seizure, if you have experience in doing this.
  • Remove objects near the person that may cause injury.
  • Put a pillow under the head if it's on a hard surface.
  • Turn the person onto one side.
  • Call emergency medical services if the seizure continues beyond a few minutes or if consciousness is not regained between seizures.

Don't:

  • Try to force a hard object between the teeth once the jaws are closed. Restrain the person's movements.

 

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