When to call an ambulance

Seeing someone have a seizure can be very frightening and instinctively many people call an ambulance. However this is not always necessary.

An uncomplicated convulsive seizure in someone who has epilepsy is not a medical emergency, even though it may look like one. It stops naturally after a few minutes without ill effects. The average person is able to continue about his/her business after a rest period, and may need only limited (or no) assistance in resuming their normal activities. It may be worth checking if the person is wearing inscribed medical ID jewellery around their neck or on their wrist to determine if the person has pre-existing epilepsy.

Call an ambulance if:

Note that there are medical conditions other than epilepsy that can cause seizures. If you believe that the seizure is caused by any of the following, you should call an ambulance.

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