Fire EMS

Pediatric Seizures: Routine or Danger in Disguise?

Issue 2 and Volume 162.

BY STEVEN KANARIAN At 2:24 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, paramedics and an engine company are dispatched to a “child not breathing.” Dispatch reports a hysterical female caller reporting her seven-year-old son unresponsive and possibly not breathing. Arriving responders find an approximately seven-year-old boy lying on the living room couch. The patient’s head and shoulders are draped over the arm rest, and he barely notices the firefighters entering the room despite the noise of their equipment and radios. The patient has a vacant stare, is very pale and diaphoretic, and barely responds to painful stimuli. Paramedic Miguel: What happened? Mother: He’d been feeling ill since 11:00 this morning. All of a sudden, he had a seizure. It scared the life out of me! Miguel: Does he have a history of seizures? Mother: No, never. He has mild asthma, but no other problems. The crew places the patient on oxygen via…

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