The national patient organisation representing people with epilepsy and their families is appealing to the Irish public to learn more about seizure first aid and the key words of ‘Time, Safe, Stay, as it marks International Epilepsy Day today.
“In devising our new campaign, we identified how millions of words have been written about epilepsy, but in reality, you just need to remember three when helping a person who is having a seizure,” explained Paddy McGeoghegan of Epilepsy Ireland.
“One of the biggest worries people with epilepsy and their families have is whether a member of the public will respond correctly should they have a seizure. This is why we want everyone to be aware of ‘Time, Safe, Stay’.”
‘Time, Safe, Stay’ refers to:
- The first thing you should do is time the seizure. If a seizure goes on for more than five minutes, an ambulance should be called.
- Keep the person safe during the seizure.
- Stay with the person during their seizure and after it passes.
Paddy added: “For International Epilepsy Day 2024, we are appealing to the Irish public to please visit www.epilepsy.ie to take a moment to learn more about epilepsy and these three crucial words – it only takes five minutes and can be your good deed for the day or the week – the 45,000 people living with epilepsy in Ireland would greatly appreciate it.”