What to Do in a Medical Emergency (Seizure or Convulsions)

16 Aug

You can’t stop someone from seizing-and may get yourself injured if you try. But you can help her stay safe by moving her to the floor and surrounding her with pillows or other padding. “The force of a seizure can be tremendous,” says Ganti, “so it’s important to protect the head.”

Once the seizure has ended, turn the person on to her side. “This is called the recovery position,” Singletary says. After a seizure, a person’s tongue can get limp and block the airway if she’s lying on her back. Putting her on her side helps her to breathe better.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health August 2018 Latha Ganti, M. d., a professor of emergency medicine and neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Fla.  Eunice Singletary, M.D., a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and Clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va.

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