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Epilepsy Awareness and the Administration of Rectal Diazepam and Buccal Midazolam Medication

Subject categories: General Health and Social Care, Nursing and Health Care

Course overview

This course has been developed to promote an understanding of Epilepsy and the different types of seizures associated with the condition. The course aims to raise awareness of epilepsy – what it is, the symptoms, the different types of seizure and the impact it can have on people’s everyday lives. The learners will develop their understanding of the condition which will enable them to offer more effective support to the people in their care. This course will also cover the theory and practical aspects of administering Rectal Diazepam and Buccal Midazolam to a convulsing person in accordance with J.E.G guidelines.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Group discussions, small group activities and DVD clips, example administration protocols and practical application using a mannequin.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
NICE Guidelines: Epilepsy in Adults
NICE Guidelines: Epilepsies: Diagnosis and Management
And the following QCF unit:
Contribute to Monitoring the Health of Individuals Affected by Health Conditions

Course content

What is epilepsy
Causes of epilepsy
What are seizures?
Types of seizures
Seizure management (including First Aid)
Risk management
Person centred approaches
What is emergency medication?
Routes of administration
Other uses of medication
Benefits, impact and side effects of the medication
Risk assessments
Support Plan/ Protocols

Learning outcomes

  • Define the term epilepsy
  • List the causes of epilepsy
  • Describe how epilepsy can be diagnosed
  • Describe what a seizure is
  • List documentation required
  • List triggers of seizures
  • List types of seizures
  • Describe seizure management (including First Aid)
  • List the medication that is used
  • Explain the principles of risk management
  • State what is meant by SUDEP
  • Describe the importance of a person centred approach when supporting an individual with epilepsy
  • State what emergency medication is
  • List the routes of administration
  • List other uses of medication
  • List benefits, impact and side effects of the medication
  • Explain the importance of risk assessments 
  • Explain the importance of following Support Plan/ Protocols


6 hours

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