Most seizures will only last 1-3 minutes and will resolve on their own. An ambulance should only be called in the following circumstances:

  • The seizure lasts more than 5 minutes.
  • Another seizure occurs immediately after the first without full recovery in between.
  • It is the person’s first seizure or you do not know the person’s history.
  • Confusion lasts more than one hour after the seizure.
  • The seizure takes place in the water.
  • Normal breathing and consciousness are not restored after the seizure.
  • The person is pregnant, diabetic, or has sustained an injury.

Information for the ambulance attendant:

You should be able to answer the following questions about the patient:

  • Level of consciousness
  • Changes in breathing
  • If there is any bleeding
  • Duration of seizure
  • What happened during the seizure
  • Any injuries
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