A seizure will stop within 2 minutes. (TRUE/FALSE)
False: Many seizures will stop within 2minutes, but some go on for longer.
The duration of a seizure is an essential piece of information. (TRUE/FALSE)
TRUE: Any seizure lasting more than 5 minutes is an emergency, even if the patient is known to have epilepsy.
A seizure can take many forms, not just shaking of the whole body. (TRUE/FALSE)
TRUE: what happened to the person when the seizure was happening is an essential piece of information.
Anyone having a seizure can be injured if they fall. (TRUE/FALSE)
TRUE: If possible, and if safe to do so, try and break their fall before they hit the ground.
Stand back and wait until the seizure has stopped, before giving any further assistance (TRUE/FALSE)
FALSE: Protect them from any nearby dangers and protect their head by placing something soft underneath, or by cradling the head.
Breathing can be affected by having a seizure. (TRUE/FALSE)
TRUE: The patient may develop blue lips, but do not intervene until the seizure has stopped.
During a seizure, the person may wet themselves. (TRUE/FALSE)
TRUE: Control of the bladder can be lost. This is embarrassing and uncomfortable for the patient, so needs to be treated sensitively.
After a seizure, it is vital to check that the patient is breathing. (TRUE/FALSE)
TRUE: A seizure may be a sign of cardiac arrest. Always go through the primary survey (DR ABC) and if the person is not breathing, call 999, request a defibrillator, and start Basic Life Support.
After a seizure, there is no benefit in putting the patient into the Recovery Position. (TRUE/FALSE)
FALSE: If the patient is asleep and breathing, putting them into the recovery position will protect the airway from obstruction by the tongue, saliva, any blood, and any vomit.
After a seizure, the person may be confused. (TRUE/FALSE)
TRUE: Some people need time after the seizure to fully recover. Protect them from further dangers. Do not restrain the person unless what they are going to do will harm them, and there is no alternative. Ensure someone has called 999 for assistance.
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