seizure

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    I remember when I was in highschool and one of my dorm mates had a seizure. I just want to know for example, she experiences gran mal seizure, what should the people around her do? side lying or high back rest? or is it either or depending on whether she is on a hospital bed or not??
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    Always side lying. If they vomit they're at higher risk for aspiration on their back.

    ETA if you can put a pillow under their head and don't try to put anything in their mouths.
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    NewlyGradBSN....this is basic neuro info in school - dig out the book
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    Remove anything in the immediate are that she may hurt herself on. DO NOT STICK ANYTHING IN THE MOUTH. Do not try to hold her down or put in her a certain position. Keep her from harm and wait it out.
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    i know. i believe that you shouldn't position a patient at any position while the seizure is going on. i've asked around whether it's sidelying or high back rest, people said it's either or, so now im confused...
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    LOL, i love the way these students get out of doing their homework...I mean seriously, if you want to know what to do for a patient having a seizure, then open your textbook and find out!

    just my advice...
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    googling would have been last effort ..... this is basic information. Interestingly enough a loved one who had seizures several years ago was in the hospital recently and they placed mats/padding all around the rails.... just in case.. .when i pointed out it had been 3 years since his last seizure and that were not grand mals.....the nurse looked at me and said ' well this is our policy maam.."
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    Quote from evolvingrn
    googling would have been last effort ..... this is basic information. Interestingly enough a loved one who had seizures several years ago was in the hospital recently and they placed mats/padding all around the rails.... just in case.. .when i pointed out it had been 3 years since his last seizure and that were not grand mals.....the nurse looked at me and said ' well this is our policy maam.."
    I've had bed alarms put on my bed in the hospital Like THAT will help anything ! When I remind them that I don't have a padded bed at home, they just look at me like I'm non-compliant AT HOME!!!
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    As for bed rail pads, I think we all know that if it comes down to a choice between common sense and whatever the hospital policy for "seizure precautions" is, well, we gotta go with the bed rail pads. (We just finally got the tongue blade at bedside removed from the policy. We all knew not to use it, but got to have it there in the room!!)
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    You should also time the seizure from beginning (if possible) to end.
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