Courses - Rectal Diazepam Refresher

This short course is for up to 12 people and is suitable for people who have already completed the one day Epilepsy Awareness and Rectal Diazepam Administration course and have gained experience in supporting people with epilepsy.

It is recognised that the administration of rectal diazepam is an emergency treatment and in many settings will not be used on a regular basis, it is therefore considered good practice to attend a refresher course within 2 years of completing the full training.

Example Programme (2.5 hours)

Epilepsy Recap and Update:-

  • Seizure classification,  treatment for epilepsy
  • Recap – first aid for seizures
  • Risk and Safety

Rectal Diazepam Refresher covering:-

Risk and Safety

  • Recognising the emergency situation
  • Use of Individual Care Plans
  • Safe Storage and disposal
  • Duty of Care/legal responsibilities

The Administration of Rectal Diazepam

  • Diazepam uses in epilepsy
  • Preparations, brands, doses.
  • Side effects
  • Demonstration and Supervised Practice
  • Possible Difficulties and what to do
  • Consequences of overdose and action to take
  • Actions if administration Ineffective
  • Discussion/Questions and Answers

At the end of the course the attendees will:-

  • Have up to date knowledge of epilepsy and its treatment
  • Be able to take appropriate first aid actions for seizures
  • Recognise the emergency situation and respond appropriately
  • Have the knowledge to administer rectal diazepam safely in accordance with the individual care plan
  • Receive a certificate of attendance valid for two years

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