Epilepsy Impacts Patients and Caregivers
NeuroOne Medical Technologies Corporation recognizes November as National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM), a nationwide effort to highlight the importance of recognizing a seizure and promoting seizure first aid.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder caused by unusual nerve cell activity in the brain. Each year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed and, over a lifetime, 1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease after migraines, stroke and Alzheimer’s.
Seizures can cause a range of symptoms, from momentarily staring blankly to loss of awareness and uncontrollable twitching. Some seizures can be milder than others, but even minor seizures can be dangerous if they occur during activities like swimming or driving.
Seizure First Aid
It’s important to help spread the word about recognizing if someone is having a seizure. Seizure first aid involves three simple steps: Stay. Safe. Side
STAY with the person and start timing the seizure until the it has ended—typically after a few minutes—and they are awake and alert. During that time remain calm and check for medical ID.
Keep the person SAFE by moving harmful objects away from them.
Turn the person onto their SIDE if they are not awake and aware.
DO NOT put anything in their mouth, give them water, pills or food or restrain them.
Call 911 if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes or the person has:
Seizure in water
An injury or is pregnant or sick
Not returned to their usual state
A first-time seizure
NeuroOne is committed to developing a high-definition, minimally invasive platform electrode technology for recording and treatment of neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
National Epilepsy Month is an excellent time to get involved by raising awareness to increase understanding and dispel myths, advocate for care and volunteer at an event to support people with epilepsy.
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