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February 16, 2012
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EMS News in Focus
by Arthur Hsieh

Seizure treatment study: Implications for EMS

Being able to use an auto-injector can simplify the procedure and speed up the delivery time

By Arthur Hsieh

Seizures are a common call for EMS systems. Often the physical manifestations of the seizure activity is over by the time we arrive; rarely do we have to manage the more serious condition of status epilepticus.

Because of its commonality, we might not consider the impact that seizures can have upon the patient, long after we managed their acute condition.

An advance like this has the potential to dramatically improve the overall health of the individual, and possibly reduce the need for emergency services.

There are also implications for EMS providers as well. It can be a challenge to administer an intravenous benzodiazepine when the patient is actively seizing.

Being able to use an auto injector can simplify the procedure and speed up the delivery time. It might also mean that terminating an active seizure might become a basic life support procedure. This can improve a system's overall ability to respond to these common calls.

That time might be some ways off. However, it's another interesting development in our business that benefits both patients and providers alike

About the author

EMS1 Editor in Chief Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. In the profession since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a published textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at a rural hospital-based ALS system. Contact Art at Art.Hsieh@ems1.com.
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