What to do if someone has a seizure


  • Status epilepticus

    A prolonged seizure or series of seizures without regaining consciousness is called status epilepticus and is a medical emergency. Lack of normal respiratory movements combined with extreme muscular contractions during a seizure throws stress on the cardiovascular system. The continuing lack of oxygen may lead eventually to brain damage. Status epilepticus is usually convulsive, but sometimes it can be non-convulsive ie. absence or complex partial status. This will need intervention, although the urgency is not as great.

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The British Epilepsy Association

National Society for epilepsy