Wilderness: Seizure (cont.)
- During and after the seizure, attempt to keep the person on his or her side to allow fluid to drain from the mouth.
- If the person falls, immobilize the head and neck. Beware of vomiting and turn the person to his or her side to prevent the inhalation of vomit into the lungs.
- After the seizure stops, allow the person to rest. A seizure often causes confusion and drowsiness for a period of minutes to hours.
When to Seek Medical Care for Seizure
- Seek medical care if it is a first-time seizure, if the person is injured, stops breathing, has multiple or continuous seizures without regaining consciousness, or if the seizure lasts longer than 10 minutes in someone known to have seizures.
- Finding the person's current medications is helpful for medical evaluation and treatment.
For More Information on Seizures
Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology
"Evaluation of the first seizure in adults"
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/28/2015
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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