Study: Injection offers faster help for seizure patients

Results probably will change how seizures are treated by paramedics

By Erin Allday
The San Francisco Chronicle 

SAN FRANCISCO —  Injecting patients in the thigh with a drug-loaded syringe is a safe and effective way to stop a seizure in an emergency, according to results of a national study released Wednesday, a finding that could pave the way toward making such syringes as widely available as EpiPens used to treat severe allergic reactions.

The two-year study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that a single stab from an auto-injector was more effective in stopping a prolonged seizure than the traditional method of inserting an intravenous line and delivering the drug directly into the bloodstream.

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