Epilepsy Resources

First Aid for Seizures

It’s important to know that generalized absence seizures and focal aware seizures do not require first aid. However, first aid is vital for generalized tonic-clonic seizures and focal impaired awareness seizures.

Click below to learn more about first aid for seizures.

Two documents that will greatly assist in first aid are a seizure response plan and a seizure observation record.

A seizure response plan is so valuable for people with seizures because it creates a profile of an individual’s seizure information. Seizures can vary from person to person, so a seizure response plan lets others know all about that particular person’s seizure disorder. A seizure response plan should include the following information:

  • Contact information (including emergency contacts)
  • Seizure information (type, symptoms, length, frequency)
  • Any known triggers
  • Basic first aid information
  • Seizure emergencies
  • Seizure medication and treatment information
  • Special considerations and precautions

Download a seizure response plan template here. There’s a place on the form for a healthcare provider to sign. Getting that signature is important because it really validates that document and reinforces its accuracy.

A seizure observation record is a document that should be filled out immediately after a person has a seizure by someone who witnessed the seizure. This record will help the person and their loved ones share the seizure information with their doctor. If the doctor has these details, he or she can better help the person receive the best care and treatment for their individual condition. A seizure observation record should include the following information:

  • Name
  • When the event occurs: note date, time, and length
  • Behavior before the seizure; possible triggers
  • Parts of the body involved
  • Conscious: (yes/no/altered)
  • Injuries: briefly describe
  • What happens post-seizure (how long it took the person to recover)

It is best to write down what happens as soon as possible so that you do not forget any important details. Download a seizure observation record template here.