As a nurse, I would like to
talk to you about seizures.
Now, this maybe something you don’t
think you are going to ever encounter,
but this can happen in the O.B. world,
in the pediatric world, this can
happen in Med-Surg or even in the ICU.
So, this is why it is a really important
topic that I want you to be prepared
as a nurse and today we are going to
talk about seizure precautions and
management of a generalized seizure.
So, when we are talking about seizure
precautions, we are talking about a set
of standardized nursing interventions
or equipment, and/or equipment, that
are put in place to protect those
individuals we are worried about
having a seizure or at high risk.
So, which patients are we talking about?
We are talking of patients that have
maybe a diagnosis of epilepsy for example.
So, if you are wondering what epilepsy
is, that’s a specific seizure disorder.
Also, any patient with maybe a
severe electrolyte disturbance, they
are also a risk for seizure along
with those with alcohol withdrawal
symptoms, those with meningitis.
And also, patients with traumatic
brain injuries and especially stroke.
So, what are going to need
to protect our patients?
So, first of all we need oxygen, to
help them support their oxygen status.
Also, if you have a pulse oximeter,
we can get an exact read on read
on the oxygen level of our patient.
Don’t forget to have IV catheter setup.
We want to have these supplies
handy because we may need to
administer antiseizure medications.
Next, we want to make sure
we have suction available.
This is really important because
aspirations are high risk for seizures,
so we want to have this handy as well.
And don’t forget our vital sign machine.
This is really important to figure
out the hemodynamic status of
our patient, especially after
they have had the seizure.