A nurse is caring for a client who has a history of status epilepticus. The nurse must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms, as well as the know-how to care for this patient’s needs during an emergency episode.
This blog post will go over everything you need to know about status epilepticus!
Status epilepticus is a condition in which the brain continues to send signals that cause seizures. These episodes can last anywhere from 30 seconds-hours, and they often lead to death if not treated quickly. Epilepsy specialists classify status epilepticus into: generalized (occurring throughout both hemispheres of the brain), partial (affects one hemisphere or side of the brain) and complex focal seizures (a seizure with an abnormal focus). The majority of people who experience an episode will have recurrent episodes.
If you’re experiencing signs/symptoms for more than five minutes, contact 911 immediately!