Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4122 | Neurological Emergencies – Seizures

Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4122 | Neurological Emergencies – Seizure,  starts with the introduction to the topic.

This chapter focuses on Seizures , delving into the pathophysiology, diagnosis, emergency investigations and handling of patients in such situations.

The lessons covered are

  • Lesson 1: Pathophysiology of the Reticular Activating System.
  • Lesson 2: Assessing the Patient with Altered Mental Status.
  • Lesson 3: Seizures.


Excerpt from Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4122 | Neurological Emergencies – Seizures

Once the primary assessment is complete, begin a secondary assessment.

Dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving, and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Memory loss is an example. It is not a disease but rather a group of symptoms that are caused by several conditions. There may also be changes in personality, mood, and behavior.

In contrast, Delirium is an abrupt change in the brain that causes mental confusion and emotional disruption. Delirium is usually temporary and can often be treated effectively. Patients suffering from delirium may fall in and out of consciousness, and there may be problems with awareness, attention, emotions, muscle control, sleeping, and waking.

Diseases that cause inflammation and infection, such as pneumonia, can interfere with brain function. Additionally, taking certain medications (such as blood pressure medicine) or misusing drugs can disrupt chemicals in the brain.

Those who have an increased risk of delirium include:

  • People who’ve had surgery.
  • People withdrawing from alcohol and drugs.
  • Those who’ve experienced conditions that damage the brain (for example, stroke and dementia).

And people who are under extreme emotional stress.

Core Concepts & Takeaways

  • Define altered mental status (AMS).
  • State common causes of altered mental status.
  • Define status epilepticus or seizures.
  • Explain complications associated with seizures.

Important Notes:

  • If you only want to take the online course for CME credit, you can pay here.  The fee for online-only does NOT include a skills session nor (re)certification.  You will receive a certificate for one CME credit after successful completion of the course.
  • This course is part of the Paramedic Recertification  curriculum.  If you sign up for one of those courses, you will be automatically enrolled in this course. 
  • To get credit for this course, you must watch all the lessons in their entirety, the course review, and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 75% or better.

Course Curriculum

Paramedic Recert EMS Care | 23-MCIT-F3-4122 | Neurological Emergencies – Seizures

  • Lesson 0 – Introduction
  • Lesson 1 – Pathophysiology of the Reticular Activating System
  • Lesson 2 – Assessing the Patient with Altered Mental Status
  • Lesson 3 – Seizures
  • Lesson 4 – Chapter Review
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