epilepsy awareness and the administration of rectal diazepam
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epilepsy awareness and the administration of rectal diazepam

Christine Cole Community Nurse Epilepsy Specialist, Barnet Primary Care NHS Trust
Alison Pointu Nurse Consultant, Barnet Primary Care NHS Trust

Christine Cole and Alison Pointu discuss whether offering training to health professionals and carers on the emergency administration of rectal diazepam reduces admissions to accident and emergency units

Epilepsy has a lifetime prevalence of 2.5 per cent in the general population (Sander and Hart 1999). The incidence of epilepsy is in the region of 80 cases per 100,000 people annually, with studies showing rates varying between 50 and 120 per 100,000 persons. This indicates a point prevalence of about five to ten cases per 1,000 persons (Shovron 2000).

Learning Disability Practice. 10, 1, 10-15. doi: 10.7748/ldp2007.

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