Head of First and Emergency Aid Program Lecturer. See. Özlem Karagöl said, “It is known that epileptic seizures are due to short-term brain dysfunction and occur as a result of temporary abnormal electrical spreading in brain cells. First intervention is of great importance in epileptic seizures that always catch the person with a sudden attack ”.

Stating that epileptic seizures usually begin with symptoms such as the perception of unusual smells, muscle contractions and hearing a shout and scream just before the seizure, Öğr. See. Özlem Karagöl said, “The seizure manifests itself by sudden loss of consciousness and severe falling to the ground. “When encountering a person with a seizure, one should be calm and the patient’s movements should never be stopped,” he said.

Karagöl listed the correct first interventions to be done as follows:

“Lay or take the patient in a safe place. Protect the patient from sharp or hard objects that could hurt the patient. If he has tight clothes, loosen his clothes (such as a tie, belt), if he is wearing it, take off his glasses. Tilt it to one side in a steady and comfortable position and let the saliva drain out. If possible, keep the mouth and respiratory tract open so that he can breathe comfortably. Never try to put anything in your mouth (for example, open or give water if your teeth are clenching).

Do not try to administer medication during the seizure, or do anything to relieve the seizure yourself. Onion, cologne, etc. do not smell things. If someone is known to have an epilepsy attack, there is no need for artificial respiration or heart massage. Check if there is a card or health record that explains the epilepsy patient and what needs to be done. Wait for the seizure to end. Remember that often after the seizure the person is tired and does not know what they are doing, so be as calm and reassuring as you can at this stage. “

Reminding that there are cases that may require an ambulance to be called according to the severity of epileptic seizures, Karagöl said, “If the patient had a seizure while swimming or in water, if there is no information about the epilepsy patient or it is not known whether this seizure is due to an epilepsy disease, the person is injured, pregnant or diabetic, “If the seizure continues for more than 5 minutes and the second seizure starts very shortly after the first seizure ends and the person does not become conscious after the contractions are over, an ambulance should definitely be called”.

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