Nursing Care of the Seizure Patient
London. SE17 3BN
Seizures are common in both dogs and cats, potentially affecting up to 1 in 20 dogs, and can be life threatening if left untreated. They can occur in many different forms, with different origins and causes such as metabolic imbalances, poisoning or neurological changes. Therefore, it is critical that all the veterinary staff dealing with seizure patients, from initial phone call to treatment in the clinic, can ask the right questions, recognise the varying clinical signs, and provide treatment and nursing care in a calm and methodical manner.
This course is designed to provide nurses with a comprehensive working knowledge of seizures including management and treatment, emergency protocols and the supportive care needed for these neurological patients.
Topics to be covered include:
- Identifying a seizure (including accurate history taking, appropriate triage, clinical signs associated with different types of seizures and risk factors)
- Where seizures originate from (neurological pathophysiology, poisons, metabolic disorders) and implications for treatment plans
- An understanding of emergency seizure management protocols
- An understanding of maintenance anticonvulsant therapy
- Nursing care of the neurological seizure patient