Today marks our first try at a live, hour long episode where we open up the communication line and answer questions on the fly. Today’s broadcast was on very short notice but we took a deeper look at what causes seizures and what to do if you see someone have one. Then, in the second half of the show, we answer a question about severe asthma and what to do if your rescue inhaler isn’t working. Make sure you leave me feedback about how it went and let me know if you’d like to see more of these in the future in addition to my normal episodes. Please include times, days and length of production as I’d like to try to set one up for the future that more people could attend. If you missed the live broadcast, you can still see it here!
Seizures can be caused by many different things and though they don’t mean that the person has a serious condition, it is important to know what to do during and after a person has one. A student wrote in asking if I could give some additional information about how to handle a person who is having a seizure. Though it seems complicated when you’re watching a seizure in progress, the treatment plan is quite simple.
1. Protect the person while they are having a seizure.
2. If this is the first time this person has ever had a seizure, call 911 or EMS.
3. Treat the patients needs after they stop having a seizure.
4. Wait for EMS to arrive and takeover.
For a detailed training on seizure first aid, go to www.profirstaid.com and click on the video review tab at the top of the page. Then search for the topic of seizures, get your favorite beverage and watch the video training.