Hey, everyone! I am a PRN school nurse and I have been asked to help train school staff on administration of Diastat. I have never personally given Diastat and although I have researched it for this presentation I still had some questions that I was hoping some of y’all could help answer.
When is it appropriate to administer diastat? Am I right in saying that most students have some sort of parameter in the order, such as recurrent seizures in a certain amount of time or a seizure that lasts longer than x amount of minutes?
How quickly can Diastat stop a seizure? It seems as though all of my research says 15 minutes but that seems like an awful long time for a seizure. What are the time frames that y’all have seen it take effect?
Should you immediately call 911 if a student is having a seizure? I’m hoping this isn’t a stupid question. Obviously the safe answer is yes. But I know some people have seizures frequently and resolve quickly on their own so would it be safe to say that in a student with an ongoing history of frequent seizures, You may not necessarily have to call 911 if the seizure it resolves quickly and student returns to baseline (without diastat administration).
I would love to hear any stories that y’all have on your experience with administering Diastat. I think that stories really help people to remember things and gives real life examples of Diastat administration (obviously not asking for HIPAA violations 😊). Any other information about Diastat that you think would be helpful please let me know! Thanks so much!