Understanding status epilepticus and its treatment in the community
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Understanding status epilepticus and its treatment in the community

Ruth Ryan Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Maeve O’Halloran Registered nurse, in intellectual disability and consultant for intellectual disability services, Ireland
Owen Doody Senior lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To refresh your knowledge of epilepsy, its classification and its higher prevalence in people with learning disabilities

  • To enhance your understanding of the treatment of status epilepticus by carers in the community

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Status epilepticus (SE) is a complication of epilepsy characterised by prolonged or repeated seizures. It is a life-threatening condition that requires the immediate administration of a rescue medicine. If given promptly, rescue medicines can reduce the duration of seizures and support SE cessation. Buccal midazolam is the recommended first-line treatment for SE in the community in people who have had a previous episode of prolonged or serial convulsive seizures. Therefore, it is crucial that all those who care for people with learning disabilities who have epilepsy in the community – including family members, friends and professional carers – receive support, training and guidance in the administration of buccal midazolam. This article provides an overview of the treatment of SE in the community, including the administration of buccal midazolam.

Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2021.e2133

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Correspondence

Ruth.Ryan@ul.ie

Conflict of interest

None declared

Ryan R, O’Halloran M, Doody O (2021) Understanding status epilepticus and its treatment in the community. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2021.e2133

Published online: 10 June 2021

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