This article explores the problems presented by this common, but misunderstood condition. It relates to UKCC professional development categories: Care enhancement and Patient, client, family and colleague support
This article aims to increase nurses' knowledge of the clinical and social sequelae of epilepsy, and to review treatment options.
After reading this article, the nurse should be able to:
Identify the most important causes of epilepsy
Recognise and distinguish the various types of seizure
Be aware of common diagnostic techniques
Understand the methods of managing the different types of seizure
Understand the indications and side-effects of some common antiepilepsy drugs
Be aware of the psychosocial effects of epilepsy.
Nursing Standard. 10, 32, 49-75. doi: 10.7748/ns.10.32.49.s54
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