Author: Kristina Neu
Course Summary
Epileptic seizures are caused by a part of the brain called a seizure focus that sends out erratic and uncoordinated electrical signals and a seizure will occur in response to these signals. Epilepsy is not considered to be a curable disease. However, it is a disease that can be managed. Although epilepsy is incurable, many people who have the disease are indistinguishable from those who do not have epilepsy. In the first year after someone has been diagnosed with epilepsy, approximately half of all patients will be free of seizures using only one anti-convulsant medication and there is a good chance that the epileptic patient will become seizure-free. The longer someone is free of seizures the more optimistic the outlook.
After completing this inservice, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the most common cause of seizures
  • Describe signs and symptoms of a seizure
  • Explain the three basic treatments for epilepsy
Course Syllabus
  • Statistics and Causes of Seizures
  • Structure and Organization of the Nervous System
  • Nervous System Function
  • Tonic-Clonic Seizure
  • Signs and Symptoms of an Epileptic Seizure
  • Epileptic Seizure Risk Factors
  • Treatments for Epilepsy
  • Prognosis for a Patient with Epilepsy
  • Emergency Treatment for a Tonic-Clonic Seizure
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