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Electroencephalogram

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

An EEG can help healthcare providers diagnose or monitor brain conditions. It can also help healthcare providers decide what treatments you need.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 or have someone else call for any of the following:

  • Your seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
  • You cannot be woken after a seizure.
  • You have more than 1 seizure before you are fully awake or aware.
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • You have a seizure in water.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a second seizure that happens within 24 hours of your first.
  • You are injured during a seizure.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have seizures even with treatment.
  • Your seizures happen more often.
  • After your seizures you are confused longer than you usually are.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

How others can keep you safe during a seizure:

Give the following instructions to family, friends, and coworkers:

  • Do not panic.
  • Gently guide me to the floor or a soft surface.
    First Aid: Convulsions
  • Do not hold me down or put anything in my mouth.
  • Place me on my side to help prevent me from swallowing saliva or vomit.
    First Aid: Convulsions
  • Protect me from injury. Remove sharp or hard objects from the area surrounding me, or cushion my head.
  • Loosen my clothing around the head and neck.
  • Time how long my seizure lasts. Call 911 if my seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or if I have a second seizure.
  • Stay with me until my seizure ends. Let me rest until I am fully awake.
  • Perform CPR if I stops breathing or you cannot feel my pulse.
  • Do not give me anything to eat or drink until I am fully awake.

Take your medicine as directed:

Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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