One never knows what situations we will end up in, where we want to help someone in need, but we are unable to do so as we don’t have adequate information. Suppose you are standing in a queue outside an ATM, and the person standing in front of you, gets an Epileptic Seizure … What will you do? Most of us get panic in such situation. Let’s find out, How to deal with such scenario?
Epilepsy is the fourth most common and frequently encountered neurological condition after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. There are 70 Million people around the world who have epilepsy. About 12 million persons with epilepsy are there in India, which contributes to nearly 1/6th of the global burden. Many people with active epilepsy do not receive appropriate treatment, leading to large treatment gap.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is often termed as a seizure disorder. It is usually diagnosed after at least two epileptic seizures that were caused by some unknown medical condition. Epileptic Seizures are caused by obstruction in the electrical activity of the brain. The Epileptic Seizures may be related to a brain injury or a genetic condition, but most of the time the cause is unknown…
An Epileptic seizure is a brief event of signs or symptoms due to synchronous activity in the brain. The consequence can vary from uncontrolled jerking movement to as subtle as a temporary loss of awareness. Diseases of the brain characterized by an enduring proneness to generate epileptic seizures are collectively known as epilepsy.
Some Facts about Epilepsy
- 4-10 OUT OF 1,000 people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time.
- 1/3rd of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them.
- 6 OUT OF 10 Epilepsy cases, the cause is unknown.
First aid steps for Epileptic Seizure
- Stay Calm, Don’t Panic.
- Look around– Move things such as knife, furniture away from him/her.
- Note the time of epileptic seizure.
- Stay with him/her. Speak quietly and gently.
- Support his/her Head with a soft material or Cushion if he/she has collapsed to the ground.
- Don’t put anything in his/her mouth.
- Don’t hold him/her down.
- Check the time again. Call for an ambulance if a seizure doesn’t stop after 5 minutes.
- After the epileptic seizure has stopped, put him/her into the recovery position and check that his/her breathing is returning to normal. Gently check his/her mouth to see that nothing is blocking his/her airway such as food or false teeth. If his/her breathing sounds difficult, call for an ambulance.
- Stay with him/her until he/she is fully recovered.
Call for an ambulance if he/she is injured, or has another seizure without recovering fully from the first one.
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