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Tip of the Week: Drug Induced Seizures with Tox Specialist Lisa Booze
Some medications can cause a patient’s seizure threshold to lower and may precipitate a seizure episode. EMS providers like EMTs and paramedics in the field must be aware of the fact that a patient’s seizure might have been caused by an inadvertent or intentional over medication with the patient’s own prescribed medications.
Lisa Booze of the Maryland Poison Center offers here expert advice here about the challenges in identifying possible causes of drug induced seizures and what can be done by the provider in the field both in treatment and good history taking. In fact, getting a good history by the emergency medical technician or paramedic in the field is very important in cases of medication induced seizures since an emergency medical service provider’s eyes may be the only ones to notice clues from the patient’s home surroundings like medication containers.
Lisa’s advice for EMTs and paramedics is to bring suspicious medications with you, contact your poison control center at your earliest suspicion of a medication or drug induced incident, and treat your patients using your basic ABCs.
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