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The Importance of Having a Seizure Emergency Plan

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A wise man once said that being prepared is half the victory. Yet, according to a landmark survey conducted online in September 2014 by Harris Poll on behalf of The Epilepsy Foundation with unrestricted grant support from Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., only 30 percent of epilepsy patients who experience seizure clusters reported having a seizure emergency plan in place – even though such plans can have a positive impact on patients and their families.

Here are some reasons why having and following a seizure emergency plan is important:

  • A seizure emergency plan reinforces the importance of teamwork and the central role that patients and families play in seizure management
  • Seizure emergency plans enable a patient to be proactive and prepared by offering them a way to inform others about optimal seizure response
  • Being prepared with a plan may help alleviate some of the fear of seizures and allow patients and families to enjoy life to the fullest

Many patients and families find the process of creating a seizure emergency plan to be empowering. The Epilepsy Foundation offers seizure emergency plan templates which include a general template as well as a template for students and schools. Patients and caregivers can also visit the Epilepsy Foundation’s Seizure Response Plan 101 to get the ball rolling.

Using these Epilepsy Foundation resources can help patients and families ask their healthcare team critical questions about seizure emergency planning, such as:

  • What kind of follow-up care will the person need following a seizure?
  • What kinds of circumstances might warrant emergency intervention?
  • Should the plan include a rescue medication?
  • Who needs to have a copy of the plan to make sure it is implemented correctly across all environments?

If all this planning sounds overwhelming, it might help to remember some advice from General Patton: “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” We wish you well in creating a good plan with your healthcare team, today, for more effective seizure response, tomorrow.

 

 

 

July 28, 2016 | Categories: General

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