Epilepsy, Seizure First Aid and Rectal Paraldehyde

Guardian Angels
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

An Understanding of Epilepsy, Seizure First Aid and the Administration of Rectal Paraldehyde

Course overview:

The "Understanding Seizure First Aid and the Administration of Rectal Paraldehyde" course offers participants a comprehensive grasp of assisting individuals during seizures and administering rectal paraldehyde as an emergency medication for prolonged or severe seizures. This course caters to caregivers, healthcare professionals, educators, and individuals seeking the ability to effectively respond to seizures and competently administer rectal paraldehyde.

Course duration:

1 day (6 hours)

Course content:

  • Epilepsy foundations.
  • Emergency seizure management plan.
  • Seizure First Aid
  • Administration of rectal paraldehyde.

Course objectives:

  1. Understanding Epilepsy:
    • Gain a comprehensive understanding of epilepsy, including its causes, types, and common triggers.
  2. Recognising Seizure Types:
    • Learn to differentiate between various types of seizures, including generalized and focal seizures.
  3. Epilepsy Management and Treatment:
    • Outline the principles of epilepsy management, including medication and lifestyle adjustments.
  4. Seizure First Aid:
    • Acquire knowledge and practical skills to provide appropriate first aid during a seizure, ensuring the safety of the individual.
  5. Administration of Rectal Paraldehyde:
    • Explain the procedures and safety precautions for administering rectal paraldehyde as an emergency treatment for prolonged or cluster seizures.
  6. Assessment and Monitoring:
    • Outline how to assess the individual's condition before, during, and after a seizure, including monitoring vital signs.
  7. Communication Skills:
    • Develop effective communication skills to interact with individuals experiencing seizures and their caregivers in a reassuring and supportive manner.
  8. Safety Measures:
    • Summarise the safety measures required in managing seizures, including preventing injuries and ensuring a safe environment.
  9. Legal and Ethical Considerations:
    • Familiarise yourself with the legal and ethical aspects of administering rectal paraldehyde and providing seizure first aid.
  10. Emergency Response Plans:
    • Explore emergency response plans for individuals with epilepsy, ensuring readiness for various seizure scenarios.
  11. Cultural Competency:
    • Consider cultural and individual differences in managing epilepsy and providing care.
  12. Documentation:
    • Summarise the importance of accurate and thorough documentation, including seizure descriptions, treatment administered, and follow-up recommendations.

By the end of this training, participants will be prepared to effectively respond to seizures, provide appropriate first aid, and safely administer rectal paraldehyde when necessary. This course aims to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to support individuals with epilepsy and ensure their safety and well-being during seizures.

Course features:

  • Interactive classroom sessions: engaging classroom instruction led by experienced healthcare educators to facilitate understanding and skill development.
  • Practical demonstrations: hands-on, live demonstrations.
  • Skills practice: opportunities for participants to practice relevant procedures under the guidance of instructors.
  • Scenario-based training: real-life scenarios and case studies to enhance problem-solving skills.
  • Question and answer sessions: interactive discussions and q&a sessions to address participant inquiries and concerns.
  • Peer learning: collaborative learning among participants, allowing for the exchange of experiences and insights.
  • Safety protocols: emphasis on safety protocols, infection control measures, and adherence to healthcare guidelines.
  • Blended learning: all of our face-to-face training courses utilise the “blended learning teaching approach that combines traditional in-person classroom teaching with online digital learning activities. this aims to leverage the strengths of both face-to-face and online learning to create a more effective educational experience which promotes safe and confident practice. 

Target audience:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health and social care professionals
  • Allied Healthcare professionals
  • School and Education professionals

Assessment and Certification:

Participants will complete a number of assessments to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, these typically consist of written assessments, practical demonstrations, and scenario-based assessments.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded with a certificate to evidence their participation.


This course overview is a general guideline and can be customised to suit specific local requirements and preferences, therefore, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your requirements prior to making a booking.

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