Buccal Midazolam Training

27 March 2009
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Training in the administration of buccal midazolam is now being provided by Epilepsy Ireland in response to feedback from health professionals who have identified this as a currently unmet need in Ireland. Epilepsy Ireland's training is the first of its kind in Ireland.

Training Fee: €95.00 per person.

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About Buccal Midazolam

It has been recognised that the administration of buccal midazolam for the control of prolonged or continuous seizures is an effective treatment which can be life saving. Given promptly, this relatively simple procedure can prevent major disruption to daily life resulting from hospital emergency treatment.

The use of buccal midazolam as a rescue medication has become increasingly popular over the last few years.

This has resulted in its inclusion in the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and management of epilepsy in children and adults published in 2004.

The administration of buccal midazolam is considered to be a less invasive procedure than the administration of rectal diazepam. The issue of privacy and dignity are less compromised and in situations where it is not acceptable or convenient to use rectal diazepam, buccal midazolam is an effective alternative.

Course Information

This course has been developed in conjunction with the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland (JEC) guidelines. The aim of the course is that delegates develop a greater understanding of epilepsy and are instructed in the administration of Buccal Midazolam medication the delegates will be observed and tested throughout the day; successful delegates will be issued a certificate of attendance.

Course Content

Morning Session
Epilepsy Awareness

  • What is epilepsy?
  • Causes of Epilepsy
  • Diagnosis of Epilepsy
  • What is a seizure?
  • Types of seizures
  • Stages and management of Complex Partial Seizures
  • Stages and management of Tonic Clonic Seizures
  • When to call an ambulance
  • Seizure triggers
  • Treatment options
  • Medication side effects
  • Lifestyle implications
  • Recording seizures
  • Epilepsy Care Plan

Lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Afternoon Session
Buccal Midazolam

  • What is Midazolam?
  • How Buccal Midazolam works
  • Advantages of Buccal Midazolam
  • Potential side effects
  • Protocol
  • Indications for use
  • Convulsive and non convulsive status
  • How to prepare buccal midazolam
  • Practical demonstration
  • Evaluation and Close
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