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What to Do If You Witness a Seizure

What to Do If You Witness a Seizure

Should someone near you have a grand mal seizure (the most severe type, involving loss of consciousness or generalized jerking movements), follow these steps:

  1. Stay calm. Most seizures only last a few minutes.
  2. Prevent injury by moving any nearby objects out of the way.
  3. Pay attention to the length of the seizure.
  4. Make the person as comfortable as possible.
  5. Keep onlookers away.
  6. Do not hold the person down.
  7. Do not put anything in the person's mouth.
  8. Do not give the person water, pills, or food until the person is fully alert.
  9. Call 911.
  10. Be sensitive and supportive, and ask others to do the same.

If you have questions, contact Student Health Services - Ext. 5748

For more information contact Services for Students with Disabilities - Ext. 5916