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Seizure Awareness Seizure Recognition

• The casualty’s body goes stiff • They lose consciousness • They fall to the floor • Their body may jerk or convulse

• They may look a little blue around their mouth

• They may foam at the mouth Remember ACTION:



Assess Cushion Time

Identity Over


Assess the situation - are they in danger of injuring themselves? Remove any nearby objects that could cause injury

Cushion their head (with a jumper, for example) to protect them from head injury

Check the time - if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes you should call an ambulance

Look for a medical bracelet or ID card - it may give you information about the person’s seizures and what to do

Once the seizure is over, put them on their side (in the recovery position). Stay with them and reassure them as they come round

Never restrain the person, put something in their mouth or try to give them food or drink

Call an ambulance if:

• You know it is a person’s first seizure, or

• The seizure lasts for more than five minutes, or

• One seizure appears to follow another without the person gaining consciousness in between, or • 01752 201 616 • Truro | Plymouth | Exeter | Taunton | Bristol

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• You believe the person needs urgent medical attention

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