Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support Ltd
< June 2019

New guidelines for administering epilepsy emergency medication launched

The Epilepsy Nurses Association (ESNA) has launched new, best practice training guidelines for care workers administering buccal (ormomusocal) midazolam, emergency medication for people with epilepsy, in the community.

The guidelines, launched on 12 June, are being introduced alongside an easy-to-use online assessment tool to ensure a standard knowledge check can be undertaken effectively, following recommended training for professionals who are caring for people with epilepsy in healthcare and private care settings.

The new ESNE guidelines, produced in collaboration with the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), outline important safety standards for first aid involvement whilst demonstrating the need for awareness, training and consistent review of epilepsy knowledge and practice. The guidelines will support best practice when training carer workers who are overseeing the use of buccal midazolam for the treatment of prolonged seizures. They replace the Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC) guidelines on the use of buccal midazolam.

To support the implementation of these new guidelines, digital experts Virtual College have created an online assessment tool to ensure best practice is maintained in social care organisations when administering buccal midazolam. The online epilepsy assessment tool takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and costs £5 + VAT per person.

Click HERE to download the guidelines.

The guidelines and assessment tool can be accessed via the Virtual College website www.virtual-college.co.uk/epilepsy

For more information about the new guidelines and online assessment tool, contact ESNAepilepsynursesassociation@outlook.com.

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