Today is the first day of the Epilepsy Action ACTION campaign.
First aid for seizures is easy and yet 9 out of 10 people in the uk wouldn’t know what to do if they saw someone having a seizure. Worse, almost a third of people would actually do something dangerous when encountering a seizure.
Watch Epilepsy Action’s new film and learn to take ACTION:
First aid for tonic-clonic seizures
The person goes stiff, loses consciousness, falls to the floor and begins to jerk or convulse. They may look a little blue around their mouth from irregular breathing. Tonic-clonic seizures can last a few minutes.
Remember ACTION for tonic-clonic seizures:
Assess the situation – are they in danger of injuring themselves? Remove any nearby objects that could cause injury
Cushion their head (with a jumper, for example) to protect them from head injury
Check the time – if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes you should call an ambulance
Look for a medical bracelet or ID card – it may give you information about the person’s seizures and what to do
Once the seizure is over, put them on their side (in the recovery position). Stay with them and reassure them as they come round
Never restrain the person, put something in their mouth or try to give them food or drink
Call an ambulance if:
- You know it is a person’s first seizure
- The seizure lasts for more than five minutes
- One seizure appears to follow another without the person gaining consciousness in between
- The person is injured
- You believe the person needs urgent medical attention