Epileptic Seizure

Student First Aid - Epileptic Seizure

Epileptic Seizure - Convulsive Seizure: Loss of consciousness, muscle stiffening, falling, jerking movements.

Impaired Awareness Seizure: Confusion, unresponsiveness, disorientation, inappropriate behaviour.


1. Stay calm. Do not restrain convulsions or place anything in patient’s mouth.

2. Time the seizure if possible.

3. Support head if in a wheelchair or place something so underneath if on a hard surface.

4. If safe to do so: roll patient into recovery position to keep airway clear, loosen tight clothing.

5. Reassure patient until they have fully recovered or assistance has arrived.


Call Triple Zero (000) or mobile 112 for an ambulance if:

• You don’t know the patient

• There is no Epilepsy Management Plan

• Seizure has occurred in water

• Patient is pregnant, diabetic or seriously injured

• Convulsions or unconsciousness last more than 5 minutes

• Impaired awareness lasts more than 10 minutes