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