General Information & Symptoms
- A seizure can be a medical emergency. Some people experience regular seizures due to epilepsy or other medical conditions.
- It is common for a casualty to experience disorientation and confusion following a seizure.
- Call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately for seizures in a casualty who is not known to have epilepsy or in a casualty with epilepsy who has a seizure that lasts longer than 15 minutes.
- Place the casualty in a location where he/she will not injure himself or herself. This usually means laying the casualty on the floor, away from walls and heavy or sharp objects. Place a soft pillow or clothing under the head if possible.
- Do not try to restrain the casualty.
- Do not slap the casualty or douse him/her with water.
- Do not try to place any objects or fingers between the casualty’s teeth.
- After the convulsion, turn the casualty on her/his side in case of vomiting.
- Continue to monitor the casualty for any signs of breathing difficulty or changes in consciousness. If the casualty stops breathing, begin CPR immediately and call 9-1-1!
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