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Almost 1 in 100 people in the UK have epilepsy and around 87 people are diagnosed with it in the UK every day.

A few weeks ago we had National Epilepsy Week – a UK wide initiative to raise awareness of the condition which is one of the most common serious neurological (brain) conditions in the world. It affects 600,000 people in the UK, 112,000 of which are aged 25 and under.

Epilepsy can start at any age and there are many different types. Some types of epilepsy last for a limited time and the person eventually stops having seizures. But for many people epilepsy is a life-long condition.

When someone has epilepsy, it means they have a tendency to have epileptic seizures. Anyone can have a one-off seizure, but this doesn’t always mean they have epilepsy. A seizure happens when there is a sudden burst of intense electrical activity in the brain. This causes a temporary disruption to the way the brain normally works. The result is an epileptic seizure.

There are around 60 different types of seizure and a person may have more than one type. For some, seizures are life-threatening: 1,000 people die in the UK every year because of their epilepsy. As many as 400 of these deaths could be prevented.

The main treatment for epilepsy is epilepsy medicines. These are sometimes called anti-epileptic drugs or AEDs. The medicine doesn’t cure epilepsy, but helps to stop or reduce the number of seizures.

Our Epilepsy Awareness and buccal midazolam course is aimed at staff working with and supporting people with epilepsy, who wish to gain a greater knowledge of the condition including administration of buccal midazolam and if required rectal diazepam.

Midazolam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines, which are used to treat a number of different conditions, including seizures. If a seizure lasts for more than five minutes, it may be difficult to stop unless treatment is given. This course includes practical skills including simulating the administration oral buccal midazolam and rectal diazepam using a manikin.

We offer this as both an open course (at our Warmley training centre) and in house course at a venue of your choice. The course is delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic Registered Nurses all of whom hold adult teaching qualifications supported by a professional qualification and considerable, hands on practical experience which is reflected in our grounded, pragmatic approach.

The course is half day (3 hours) and employs a variety of teaching techniques to meet the needs of individual delegates and includes the following:

  • Understanding of epilepsy
  • Types of seizure
  • Triggers
  • Emergency management
  • Buccal midazolam administration
  • Rectal diazepam administration (when requested)

You can view a host of testimonials on this course, and all of our other courses for that matter, on our testimonials page

Whatever your training needs, give us a call today 0117 958 2070 or e-mail us