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This month see’s National Epilepsy Week (20 – 26th May 2019) so we have chosen our Epilepsy Awareness and Buccal Midazolam Training Course as our Training Focus for May

Epilepsy is one of the most common serious neurological (brain) conditions in the world and almost 1 in 100 people in the UK have epilepsy and around 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy in the UK every day.

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 an in house course and as of March 2018, an open course ran quarterly throughout the year.

Our courses are 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.

Our course programme 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)

This course is of 3 hours (half day) duration.

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

Sarah Street, Director and Epilepsy Lead Trainer