Essential steps necessary to protect the patient during a seizure.
(a) Turn patient on his side to provide for drainage of oral secretions.
(b) Do not forcibly restrain patient during seizure.
Remove objects that may obstruct breathing or cause injury to
Protect patient's head from injury with pillow, blanket, etc.
Essential steps necessary to ensure safety of the patient following a
(a) Keep bed flat and patient turned on his side until he is alert.
(b) Room lighting should be dim and noise kept to a minimum.
Loosen restrictive clothing (if not done during seizure).
(d) Check vital signs immediately following seizure and every 30
minutes (or as ordered) until patient is alert.
(e) Check lips, tongue, and inside of mouth for injuries.
(f) If patient is incontinent, change clothing and bedding with as little
disturbance as possible.
Document all precautions taken.
(2) Document all activity observed during a seizure, to include the time,
location, circumstances, length of seizure activity, and vital signs.
Document any injury sustained during a seizure.
2-44. BRAIN TUMOR
a. Definition. A brain tumor is a localized intracranial lesion which occupies
space with the skull and tends to cause a rise in intracranial pressure.
b. Signs and Symptoms.
(1) A brain tumor is usually characterized by a progressive course of
symptoms over a period of time.