EMS Personnel, Fire Fighter, and Law Enforcement Continuing Education
The Epilepsy Foundation recognizes the growing need to arm First Responders with the information they need to recognize and respond appropriately to calls related to seizures. The First Responders Program focuses primarily on Law Enforcement and
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.
The Law Enforcement training
, about 45 minutes in length, aims to train law enforcement on seizure recognition, correct response to seizures, and awareness of the unique needs of people with epilepsy who might be taken into police custody.
The key objectives of the Law Enforcement Training curriculum are to:
- increase officer's awareness and understanding of the nature, causes and effects of seizure disorders;
- improve the officer's decision-making response to seizures and people with epilepsy;
- delineate and clarify the officer's role when handling calls concerning seizures; and
- provide the officer easy-reference information and tools necessary to react.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training
, about 60 minutes in length, describes a variety of seizures associated with epilepsy, seizures with other potential causes, appropriate EMS response on scene, and issues to be considered when determining whether or not further medical care is warranted.
The goal of the EMS personnel program is to provide emergency response personnel with the information and training crucial to an effective medical response to seizures. This program tests a curriculum that consists of a Trainer’s Guide with DVD and a
Curriculum for both programs utilize a combination of video and didactic tools for training in seizure recognition, in the correct response to seizures in the community, and in the unique needs of people with epilepsy in custody is provided through this continuing education curriculum. The program is provided in-classroom and in an online module.
To access these free online versions, visit https://www.centrelearn.com/login_epilepsyfoundation.asp
School Nurse Continuing Education - Managing Students with Seizures
The Epilepsy Foundation and National Association of School Nurses (NASN) partner to provide a school nurse continuing education program titled “Managing Students with Seizures: A Training for School Nurses.” NASN involvement insures that objectives and content are specifically designed to meet the real and immediate needs of school nurses.
Objectives of the program include:
- Recognize seizures and their impact
- Know current treatment options and their safe effects
- Know appropriate first aid
- Develop a seizure action plan
- Understand key elements of a training for teachers and other school personnel
- This training is designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies, and resources that enable him/her to better manage students with seizures by:
- Supporting positive treatment outcomes
- Maximizing educational and developmental opportunities
- Creating a safe and supportive environment
Managing Students with Seizures
is a continuing education program for school nurses. The 3 ½ hour train-the-trainer program features a neuro-nurse explaining aspects of epilepsy, seizure types, diagnosis, treatment, and first aid for the student having a seizure and a school nurse presenter who will train attendees on methods for re-teaching the curriculum to school administrators, teachers and students.
This training is also available online at https://live.blueskybroadcast.com/bsb/client/CL_DEFAULT.asp?Client=74
Seniors and Seizures - Caregiver Training
When people in their sixties, seventies, or eighties experience unusual feelings such as
lost time, suspended awareness, confusion, seizures; they may think their symptoms are caused by the problems often associated with aging, but there may be another explanation for what is happening. According to an Institute of Medicine report released March 30, 2012, children and older adults are the fastest-growing segments of the population with new cases of epilepsy.
Seizure causes are identifiable for about 50 percent of seniors, but, just as in younger people, the types of seizures vary. Treatment in seniors, often made more difficult because of age-related issues and other medications, varies, although medication and surgery are the most common forms of treatment.
The increasing incidence of first time seizures in this age group is staggering. The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona offers an education module focusing on seniors, their families, and caregivers being offered through Assisted Living Facilities, Inter-generational Facilities, Senior Day Care Centers, and Senior Centers throughout the Valley.
For more information regarding the programs of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, please contact Program Manager, Brenna Gonzales at 602.406.3581 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org