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Seizures

It is an alarming sight, a person whose limbs jerk violently, whose eyes may roll upward, whose breath may become heavy with dribbling or even frothing at the mouth. Breath may stop in some seizures, or the victim may bite his or her tongue so severely that it blocks the airway or aspirates bodily fluids into the lungs.

  1. During the seizure:

    1. There is little you can do relative the physical manifestations.

    2. Let the seizure run its course.

    3. Help the victim to lie down to avoid injury.

    4. Keep him or her from falling into furniture with sharp edges.

    5. Loosen restrictive clothing.

    6. Use no force.

    7. Do not try to restrain a seizure victim.

  2. After the seizure:

    1. Check to see if the victim is BREATHING...IF HE OR SHE IS NOT...COMMENCE WITH RESCUE BREATHING AT ONCE.

    2. Check to see if the victim is wearing a MEDIC ALERT, or similar bracelet! If so, it will describe emergency medical requirements.

    3. Check to see if the victim has any burns around the mouth. This would indicate ingestion of poison.

  3. The victim of a seizure or convulsion may be conscious but not talkative when the intense movement stops. Stay with the victim. Be certain that breathing continues. Then, when the victim seems able to move, summon or provide medical attention.
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