A seizure is a sudden disruption of the brain's normal electrical activity often accompanied by altered consciousness and other neurological or behavioral manifestations. There are several different "types" of seizures.
A seizure disorder is a condition characterized by recurrent seizures. This condition is often referred to as epilepsy.
Many individuals with developmental disabilities suffer from seizure disorders. A seizure disorder is a serious medical condition that must be addressed by staff. When individuals within a home have a seizure disorder, it is important that staff are trained on how to document and track the individuals seizures. The tracking of the timing, duration and severity of seizures is critical information that physicians must have in order to best treat the disorder.
Individuals who have seizure disorders should have a clear plan in place for how staff should react to a seizure. This plan should be individualized based on each person's type and severity of seizures. The plan should include how to position the individual for safety during the seizure, expectations of the staff during the seizure and should include clear instructions for the conditions under which emergency services or other healthcare personnel are to be notified.
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