Courses - Epilepsy Awareness and Rectal Diazepam Administration

This course is for up to 12 people and covers epilepsy awareness and the theory and practice of administering Rectal Diazepam. The course is suitable for anyone who is authorised to administer rectal diazepam as prescribed by a medical practitioner or nurse prescriber and as specified in the individual care plan.

The training facilitates safe, appropriate and dignified administration of the medication  providing all the necessary protocols and policies are in place and followed.  The course is delivered in line with the JEC Guidelines for this type of training.

The trainer will assess that learning is taking place during the course and supervise the simulated procedure during training,  however an employer organisation should provide work based assessment and initial supervison in practice in addition to this training.  It is recommended that a refresher course be attended within 2 years of completion the the full training course, please contact us for details of refresher courses.

Example Programme (5 hours)

Epilepsy Awareness covering:-

  • What is epilepsy
  • Causes of epilepsy
  • Diagnosis
  • Seizure types (classification) - video
  • Treatment - antiepileptic medication and side effects
  • First aid for seizures
  • Psychosocial issues, including cultural issues

Health and Safety covering:-

  • Risk assessment
  • Care plans
  • Storage and disposal
  • Duty of care and legal responsibilities
  • Privacy and dignity

The Administration of Rectal Diazepam covering:-

  • What diazepam is
  • Use in epilepsy Indications for use
  • Appropriate doses
  • Practical demonstration using anatomical model & video
  • Possible difficulties or barriers to administration
  • Side effects
  • Effects of overdose and action to take
  • Action to take if prescribed dose ineffective

At the end of the course candidates will:-

  • Have an understanding of epilepsy, its causes and treatment
  • Have understanding the effects of epilepsy effects on individuals and families
  • Have the knowledge to plan care, assess risk and develop strategies to ensure a safe environment for people with epilepsy.
  • Be able to manage seizures appropriate to type (first aid)
  • Be able to recognise the emergency situation and act appropriately
  • Understand the importance of recording seizures
  • Will have an understanding of the theory and practice of administering rectal diazepam or buccal midazolam in accordance with the JEC guidelines
  • Will have had the opportunity to carry out a simulated procedure under guidance from an experienced and qualified trainer
  • Be able to follow and act according to the individual care plan and guidelines to administer emergency medication safely and appropriately.

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