Module 3: Assessment
Status epilepticus: Safety considerations
Protection of the individual with convulsive status epilepticus is key in the prevention of secondary trauma.
Supporting the head, maintaining the airway, turning to the side, and loosening constricting clothing during the convulsion protects the patient from potential aspiration and environmental harm.
Of critical importance is that the patient is not restrained.
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