Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Grand Mal Seizures

I made a pamphlet that I am kind of proud of so I thought I would share. (It looks way prettier, but here's the gist of it.)

Signs of a Seizure:
• Often times, a person will know they are having a seizure before it happens and will tell you.
• If they just faint, they will still be breathing and have a heartbeat.
• During a Grand Mal seizure the person will go into convulsions.

How you can help:
• Do not call 911. The most dangerous part of a seizure is the fall.
• If the person tells you they are having a seizure help them into the recovery position.
o This is to prevent their airway from being closed off if they vomit.
• Ask them for their phone and anyone for whom you can call for them.
• Wait: Do not hold them down as this could cause injuries.

When it passes:
• The person will be disoriented and very tired.

The Recovery Position
(Illustrated on the cover)

1. Start with the victim lying on the back and with the legs straight out. Kneel to one side of them.

2. Move the arm closest to you so it is perpendicular to the body, with the elbow flexed (perpendicular).

3. Move the farthest arm across the body so that the hand is resting across the torso.

4. Bend the leg farthest from you so the knee is elevated. Reach inside the knee to pull the thigh toward you.

5. Use the other arm to pull the shoulder that is farthest from you. Roll the body toward you.

6. Leave the upper leg in a flexed position to stabilize the body.


( 3 Honored Guests — Meet me at 707 )
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Don't call 911? :/

This was interesting. Good job. Could I learn this stuff in a first aid class or whatever? I want to take that CPR class that I've been planning to take and still haven't. Would stuff like this be included in that? Or would this be a different type of class?
Once when I worked at one of my libraries, some guy started having a seizure. It was pretty bad. I called 911 while the librarian and a patron that was once a doctor went to help him. In my case, I had no choice but to call 911. But this was really interesting. I think I'd have a hard time actually touching someone I didn't know that was drooling at the mouth though. :/ Not saying that always happens, but I'm pretty sure it did "that one time".
Oct. 8th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, don't call 911. There is nothing the paramedics can do about it. The most dangerous part of it is the fall. Plus, it costs the person like $1,000 for an ambulance to come and wait it out.

Technically, in any case of fainting, you shouldn't call 911 if someone is still breathing and their heart is beating.

You can learn some of this from a CPR class, but that is more for life-threatening situations so they don't talk about things like seizures.

I guess there are different types of people, but if someone has fainted I would rather turn them on their side than have it on my concience if they were to choke on their own vomit and die. I tend to feel guilty over nothing at all so something that big would ruin me. (The other common scenario like this is when someone passes out from getting wasted.)
Oct. 8th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
True. Turning them on their side seems like the least a person could do to help. Good point and good advice! :)
( 3 Honored Guests — Meet me at 707 )