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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

Download our fact sheet  to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on seizures.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

A seizure (also called a ‘fit’ or convulsion) occurs when there is a temporary disturbance in the electrical activity of the brain.

There are many different types of seizures. They vary from absence seizures that look as if a person is staring into space to more obvious convulsions that involve the entire body.

Seizures usually result in loss or reduced consciousness.

Some people only have one seizure in their lifetime, while others may have many. Most seizures last less than five minutes.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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