Letters

Do you know what to do if someone has a seizure?

Ed,

Purple Day is coming up once again on March 26, and this year Epilepsy Action Australia is encouraging the Australian community to learn the basics of seizure first aid in order to reduce the fear they may experience if someone has a seizure in front of them and needs help. Epilepsy Action has produced a series of animated videos for both children and adults that your readers can view the www.epilepsy.org.au under ‘Purple Day’. You can also find out how to get involved in Purple Day activities on the website.

Around 250,000 Australians are currently diagnosed with epilepsy, and approximately 3.5% of the Australian population will experience this neurological disorder at some point in their lifetime. Knowing how to help someone having a seizure can literally save a person’s life.

Seizure First Aid – Key Steps

·         Stay with the person

·         Keep them safe, removing anything that could hurt them

·         Don’t try to restrain them

·         Don’t put anything in their mouth

·         Roll them onto their side once jerking/shaking subsides

·         Reassure them until they have recovered

·         Call an ambulance if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes.

On behalf of all Australians living with epilepsy, thank you in advance to your local community for supporting Epilepsy Action Australia this Purple Day. Your support helps to ensure people living with epilepsy can lead optimal lives.

Carol Ireland
CEO, Epilepsy Action Australia


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