Saturday, 8 February 2014

How To Give First Aid In Non Convulsive Seizures

Although they may easily pass unnoticed, non convulsive seizures can be quite frequent among epilepsy sufferers. They may cause various neurological deficits, especially in the cognitive function an in the alertness level of the patient. If properly diagnosed and treated, non convulsive seizures are treatable and reversible. Unfortunately, they are often mistaken for something else, so the patient doesn't get the appropriate care for this specific condition. Left untreated, the patient may suffer from prolonged memory dysfunctions, that's why it is strongly advisable that the condition is diagnosed and cared for as early as possible, before neurological damage occurs.

If you are a caregiver for a person suffering from non convulsive seizures, you should know how to give them first aid in case such a seizure occurs in your presence and you recognize it. This type of seizure is usually characterized by absence, confusion, diminished responsiveness and occasional blinking.

If you are in a public place when it happens, it's best you explain other people what this is all about. Otherwise, they may think the patient is simply drunk or on drugs. It is good that people around you are aware of the situation, because they will be more willing to help you, if needed. Don't let them get too close to the patient anyway, because you can't predict his reactions and you don't want to make the situation worse than it already is.

Try to keep your calm and speak loudly and clearly to the patient. Take him or her away from all possible dangers of threats. They may or may not struggle, but regardless of this, you have to stay calm and keep taking to them until you manage to get them out of the danger area. The most frequent threats can be steep flights of steps, a hot stove, a busy road or anything else that would require a person to stay alert and avoid possible dangers.

Don't leave the patient unattended during the seizure, because they can't control their movements, so many things can happen. Wait until the crisis is gone completely, watch the person to make sure he is fully conscious again, then offer to help them get home or wherever they may be going.

You should avoid restraining the patient, because this may worsen their symptoms. At the same time, you need to be vigilant and remove all dangerous items from the neighborhood.

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