Epilepsy has been shrouded in myth and misunderstanding throughout history. It’s not a single disease entity; rather, it’s a heterogeneous group of disorders that share a common thread — abnormal nerve cell (neuronal) activity that produces seizures. Prehospital intervention begins with assessment, and the assessment of the postictal patient can be critical to a patient’s management. A detailed history will help in determining seizure triggers and types. Through interview and observation, the provider needs to determine the duration of the seizure, what the patient was doing immediately prior to the seizure, what medications are taken, and the time of the last dose.
The goal of this continuing education program is to update nurses, EMTs and paramedics about identification, etiologies, treatment and interventions for seizures, and the patients who have them. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify causes of seizure disorders
- List current methods of treatment, including medications, surgical interventions and diet
- Describe appropriate interventions for the acute management of seizures
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, EMTs and paramedics.
EMTs and paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
CEH Number and Category: 1.0 Advanced
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 03/20/2015 to 12/01/2016.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
For Florida professionals:
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