AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Prolonged Seizures Require Immediate Interventions to Prevent Permanent Damage

Article in critical care nurse reviews the latest clinical information to care for patients who experience continuous or recurrent seizures

As with stroke, when a patient is experiencing a prolonged seizure, time is very important. A quicker response and fast action is required to help prevent long-term neurological damage to the brain. Seizures cannot always be easily identified. Some show outward signs that include convulsing and jerking of the arms and/or legs. Others can only be detected through small, subtle movements that are less noticeable. The article, “Status Epilepticus in Adults: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment,” provides guidance for critical care nurses that may encounter these patients. “A seizure can quickly change from a stressful situation to a life-threatening emergency. Without rapid assessment and treatment, seizures that progress to status epilepticus can cause permanent damage,” said co-author Thomas Lawson, RN, MS, ACNP-BC, an acute care nurse practitioner in the neuroscience critical care unit at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio. To read more, click here

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