Managing Seizure Disorders

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To protect the patient from injury. It is also important to be sure that they can breathe during and after the seizure.


Supplies you will need

Helmet (optional)

Padding or pillows


What to do

  1. Explain to the patient what you are going to do, even if you are unsure whether they can hear.
  2. Provide a safe environment for the patient by padding side rails and removing clutter. Some patient’s may have special protective equipment such as a helmet.
  3. Place the bed in the lowest position or gently lower the patient to the floor.
  4. Do not restrain the patient during the seizure.
  5. Do not put anything into the patient’s mouth during a seizure.
  6. Place the patient on their side during a seizure to prevent aspiration.
  7. Protect the patient’s head during a seizure. If a seizure occurs while walking or moving the patient from bed to chair, cradle head or provide cushion/support to protect the patient from head injury.
  8. Stay with the patient who is walking or who is in a confused state during or after a seizure.
  9. Notify the hospice team of seizure activity


Adapted from: The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice (10th ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013