First responders do an outstanding job of serving the public by responding quickly to dangerous and sometimes violent situations.However, unless they receive proper training, they may be likely to mistake someone experiencing a seizure...
Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 19, 2010
SSI will be combining its strengths in training and media to help the Foundation enhance its effort to educate and train law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel across the country. This training will increase recognition of seizures, which are a symptom of epilepsy, and promote safe and appropriate responses. SSI will work through the Epilepsy Foundation’s National Office to coordinate paid and pro-bono promotion strategies that will enhance the ability of local Epilepsy Foundation affiliates to conduct targeted trainings nationwide using the First Responders Program curriculum.
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It affects nearly 3 million men, women and children. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.
The First Responders Program consists of two modules; the Law Enforcement Personnel Training Program module includes a training manual and DVD outlining the vital steps in seizure recognition and first aid. Approximately 30,000 officers have participated in this training to date. The second module, the Emergency Medical Services Personnel Training Program, includes a facilitator’s guide, a participant’s guide, and a DVD. This module has been offered in select communities across the nation and will be available to all in 2011.
“First responders do an outstanding job of serving the public by responding quickly to dangerous and sometimes violent situations,” said Debbie Carr, vice president of the Epilepsy Foundation. “However, unless they receive proper training, they may be likely to mistake someone experiencing a seizure or post-seizure behaviors as criminal and respond with force.”
For more information on the First Responders Program, visit http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/firstresponders/index.cfm . The Law Enforcement curriculum is also available online.
About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1967. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and promote research for a cure. For additional information, please visit http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
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