First Aid for seizures

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It is an important part of being seizure-aware that you know what to do if you see someone having a seizure.

Remember TEAM:

  • Take care to protect the person.
  • Ensure you stay with them.
  • Allow the seizure to run its course (you cannot stop a seizure and in most cases it will last for a few seconds to a few minutes).
  • Move the person onto their side when the seizure is over (for tonic clonic/ convulsive seizures). Remember to reassure the person after the seizure is over and explain what has happened.

When to call an ambulance

  • if it is the first known seizure 

  • the seizure lasts over 5 minutes 
  • more seizures follow without recovery 
  • the person is injured, pregnant, has another medical condition or you are in any doubt.

Joe Schmidt explains TEAM in the video below.