Terms and definitions help paramedics know what to do for epileptics.
When you have epilepsy it’s extremely important to have an epilepsy bracelet so people know about your seizure disorder in case of an emergency. Adding to your tag your seizures medications will help avoid drug interactions.
Not all seizures are life threatening and only last for a short time. In these cases it's helpful to explain this on the tag to avoid unnecessary calls to 911.
What causes epilepsy?
The brain is the source of epilepsy because that is where the electrical events are that procure the physical or mental effects. The location of that episode, how it spreads, and which part(s) of the brain are affected, and how long it lasts all have unique effects. These factors determine what type of seizure it is and how it will affect the individual.
Because seizures can happen anywhere and at any time while shopping, walking or driving a car and when you least expect them – a medical ID bracelet often is the only way of communication between you and a medical team, police or passers-by in a time of crisis.
If you’ve had a seizure, having other health issues or are in some accident and can’t speak for yourself, you can feel safe knowing that any vital medical information is safely around your wrist and on an epilepsy bracelet.
First responders, such as paramedics, may only have seconds to determine what they can and cannot do to help you. Having all necessary information at such easy access will assure all critical medical data is factored into the proper care being rendered at the emergency scene.
Epilepsy is a chronic disease involving recurrent unprovoked seizures and currently affects over two million Americans. It is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it encompasses a wide range of seizure types as well as how much it affects each person who has it. No two people have exactly the “same” epilepsy as the other. There are many different types of seizures that someone can have but they all are put into one of two categories: