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Answer:

Triggers are situations or events that can bring on a seizure. Some people living with epilepsy experience seizures triggered by certain activities or events, while others will have no seizure triggers at all.

This information is from the Epilepsy NZ website:

Where triggers can be identified, there is more opportunity to manage seizure occurrence, risks and safety.  

Some common seizure triggers include:

  • missed medication
  • sleep deprivation – being overtired, not getting enough sleep or not sleeping well
  • stress
  • infection or illness
  • hormonal changes (puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause)
  • dehydration
  • low blood sugar 
  • alcohol or illicit drug use
  • use of certain medications
  • bright, flashing or flickering lights.(photo-sensitivity)

Keeping track of when seizures occur, (such as the time of day or night), what you were doing leading up to the seizure and how you were feeling can be very helpful to recognise any triggers or patterns to your seizures. This information should be shared with your doctor to help develop strategies that may lessen the number of seizures you experience. Epilepsy New Zealand can provide you with a seizure diary; please phone your regional  educator  0800 374537.

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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation. 

Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.

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Acknowledgement

Data and information are fact-checked against various recognised sources, including the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Health Navigator New Zealand, St John, and other recognised entities specialising in the specific subject content. It should be noted that variances in protocols exist and where necessary are identified.


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