Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

EPILEPSY RESOURCES

Listed below are websites that provide information about epilepsy

Epilepsy Support Groups

  • Josh Provides Epilepsy Support Group - Monthly meetings are held the first Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00pm at 2033 Main Street, Suite 301, Centre Pointe Building, Sarasota, FL 34239. Contact: Sandi Chapnick, Event Coordinator, sandi@joshprovides.org or call 800-706-2740.
  • Southwest Florida Epilepsy Support Group (Naples) – Monthly Support Group every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7PM in the Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, #100, Naples, FL 34109 (Large Volpe Conference Room). For more information, contact Dan Rosenfeld 239-348-5155 or drosenfeld@efof.org

Epilepsy Center at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Location: Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239, 941-906-7155

SUDEP Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy Articles

1. Access World News
US Fed News (USA)...2017-06-11
WIPO PUBLISHES PATENT OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY FOR "IDENTIFICATION OF EPILEPSY PATIENTS AT INCREASED RISK FROM SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN EPILEPSY" (AMERICAN INVENTORS)
... developing sudden unexpected death in epilepsy ( SUDEP ) comprising determining the presence or absence ...

WIPO Publishes Patent of New York University for "Identification of Epilepsy Patients at Increased Risk from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy" (American Inventors)

2. Sun, The (Lowell, MA)...2017-06-04
Harmful 'Fail first' health-care policies must end
... in death. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy ( SUDEP ) occurs each year in more than 1 in 1,000 ... patients with uncontrolled seizures, the risk of SUDEP increases to more than 1 out of 150. These facts ...

Epilepsy Articles

FIRST AID PROCEDURES

Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizure - (Grand Mal):

  • Speak calmly and reassuringly
  • Turn on side to keep airway clear
  • Do not restrain a person
  • Look for medical identification
  • Remove hazards such as furniture, glasses
  • Cushion person’s head
  • Loosen neckwear
  • Do not put anything in the person’s mouth
  • Do not give liquids
  • Time the seizure

Complex partial seizure – (Petit Mal):

  • Do not restrain
  • Speak calmly and reassuringly
  • Gently lead away from danger
  • Remain with person until completely aware of surroundings

When to Call EMS:

  • First time seizure
  • Person is diabetic or pregnant
  • Person is injured
  • Second seizure occurs shortly after initial seizure

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