Shaken, Not Stirred
Seizures are a fairly common medical emergency. Most are brief and self-limited – typically stopping on their own in less than a few minutes and present a low risk of patient harm. There are many types of seizures, which range in severity, and vary by where and how they begin in the brain. Astute recognition and aggressive treatment of seizures and related complications is the foundation of prehospital care. This presentation provides an overview of seizure types, origins, causes, and up to date management practices for EMS professionals.
After this presentation, the participant should be able to:
- Differentiate between seizure and status epilepticus.
- Discuss various complications related to seizures.
- Name three types of seizures.
- List three causes of a seizure.