First Aid

What to do if you see someone having a seizure:

Always ensure the area is safe for you to enter, make sure there are no hazards.

Do not try to stop the seizure.

Remove harmful objects and if possible guide the person away from danger

Protect from injury, cushion the head.

DO NOT put anything in the mouth or try and hold the person down.

With all seizures, be calm and reassuring.

When convulsions are finished, put the person into a recovery position and keep a close watch on their breathing and colour.

Stay with them until they have recovered.

After the seizure tell the person what has happened.

CALL 111 FOR AN AMBULANCE IF:

  • The seizure lasts for more than 5 minutes
  • The person has incomplete recovery
  • They have sustained and injury
  • The person has repeated seizures
  • You have any concerns

Be prepared if you have epilepsy.

  • Make sure your family, friends, teachers or co-workers know seizure first aid, including how first aid for choking.
  • Hang up a first aid poster in a prominent place.
  • Carry a card in your wallet or wear a medical identification bracelet or necklace
  • Avoid things that trigger seizures, like forgetting to take your medication, not getting enough sleep, or drinking alcohol.
  • Carry a small pre-programmed phone or beeper in case you have to call for help and you are away from a telephone.
  • Have your emergency contact persons phone number accessible.

Quick Tips

  • Stay Calm
  • Time the Seizure
  • Roll the person on their side to help with their breathing and allow excess saliva to drain from the mouth
  • Remove any hard objects from around the person
  • Do not restrain the persons movements
  • Do not force anything into the mouth
  • Offer support and reassurance after the seizure
  • Allow the person to rest until fully recovered