Course Outline

Relationship to High Intensity Daily Personal Activities.

This module supports the delivery of Epilepsy and Seizure management practice standard.

This skills descriptor is not formally linked to the HIDPA practice standards. This skills descriptor is additional guidance and may form part of a co-requisite with other high intensity supports.

Context: A support plan for epilepsy management has been developed and is overseen by a relevant health practitioner, and each participant is involved in the assessment and development of their support plan.

LEARN ABOUT: Workers will understand: a description of types, frequency and patterns of seizures, triggers; signs to look for before and after seizures; monitoring and recording, and detailed instructions on medication selection and administration to a seizure which may include instruction on timing and administration of medication; what risks to look for and action required to respond to risks, incidents, and emergencies.

LEARN ABOUT: t also covers skills and knowledge to support participants to use seizure monitors and wearable technology, such as smartwatches, sleep activity monitors and/or above mattress sensors.

TRAINING: In addition to general training a range of different types of seizures and related support requirements, workers will be trained in the specific needs of each participant they support including impact of epilepsy on the person, common patterns or clusters of seizures, triggers and symptoms, and risks of related health conditions associated with epilepsy.

SCOPE The training of workers is documented and regularly audited. It is recommended that a worker’s skills and knowledge to carry out high risk of seizure supports are reviewed annually to confirm the worker has current skills and knowledge described in this skills descriptor.

Where a worker has not delivered this support for a period of more than three months, or if NDIS Practice Standards: skills descriptors or participant’s support needs have changed that is have an updated support plan in place, it is recommended the worker be reassessed before supporting the participant and undertake refresher training if required; this timeframe may vary depending on the nature of supports required and worker experience.

Nurses and Nursing Education - Epilepsy and Seizure

Preparation Skills & Knowledge

  • Understands the support plan, confirms it is the correct and current plan for the participant, and checks the participant’s specific support requirements.

    • trigger management,
    • characteristics of the participant’s seizure patterns.
    • required response, documentation, and post seizure monitoring.
  • Checks with the participant on their expectations, capacity, and preferences for being involved in the delivery of support.

  • Checks with the participant on their preferences for communication, including the use of aids, devices and/or methods.
  • Prepares for hygiene and infection control. PPE
  • Checks required devices and medications are available and ready for use.
  • Checks with the participant for any specific factors or adjustments needed at the time support is provided, symptoms and patterns.
  • Delivers support in ways that are least intrusive or restrictive and fit into the participant’s daily routines and preferences.

Review of outcomes

  • Checks with the participant to discuss any changes needed to the epilepsy management support they are receiving.
  • Identifies, documents and reports information where a support plan is not meeting a participant’s needs.
  • Supports the participant to provide feedback and request changes to their support plan as required.

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