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Acute Seizure Management

Drs. Park and Kanth (c) UC Davis Health. All rights reserved.UC Davis Health physicians Katherine Park, M.D. (left), Kiran Kanth, M.D. (right), and colleagues developed Acute Seizure Management

Errors managing patients’ seizures can be common. Healthcare staff fail to adequately implement seizure first-aid in patients actively seizing, or are delayed administering appropriate therapy. Clinicians at UC Davis Health discovered susceptibility to error and poor patient outcomes, so an approach was developed to increase consistent use of guidelines recommended by the American Epilepsy Society and the Neuro-Critical Care Society for acute seizure management.

UC Davis Health Neurologists Katherine Park, M.D., Kiran Kanth, M.D., Trishna Kantamneni, M.D. and Michael Chang, D.O. set out to improve patient care with active seizures by creating standardized guidelines and developing on-demand continuing medical education (CME). Acute Seizure Management targets physicians, nurses and pharmacists, with the goal of optimizing the interdisciplinary teamwork required to provide effective care for patients.

Q&A With Dr. Park and Dr. Kanth

Q: What makes this program unique?

A: The over-arching and comprehensive nature of this program makes it unique. So far, we have been able to implement a CME module, order-set, and dot-phrase for in-hospital documentation. This program seeks to not only educate providers about managing seizures, but also provides the tools to implement improved care via order sets and improved documentation and communication.

Q: How does this program seek to change medical practice?

A: Caring for someone who has a seizure can be frightening, even for the experienced care provider. We hope that through formal education about seizures and management of acute seizures in the hospital, care providers, whether residents, APPs, nurses or physicians, will feel more confident in providing the appropriate treatment. Appropriate and timely treatment of seizures can save lives and prevent poor hospital outcomes. We hope that quality measures such as time to treatment, transfer to the ICU, and length of hospital stay, will improve.

Q: What are the goals of this program?

A: We hope to educate nearly all levels of providers who provide bedside care to patients in the medical center. We also want to create an order-set that will be easily accessible and help providers order the correct treatments and seizure precautions. By creating a dot phrase, we want nurses and other providers to recognize the important features of seizures and of treating seizures, as well as to improve documentation and communication between providers. We also hope to eventually have in-person sessions for nurses and other providers on how to apply seizure first-aid through bedside seminars in a simulation lab. This would be similar to teaching providers to run cardiac arrest codes.

Q: If there is one takeaway you want learners to have from this program, what is it?

A: We want learners to be able to identify a seizure, be able to initiate seizure first-aid, and know when and what to give pharmacologically to terminate a seizure.

Q: Why is it important to have this program certified for continuing medical education?

A: The Office of Continuing Medical Education helped us to develop meaningful course content based on adult learning principles. Working with the Office of Continuing Medical Education and seeking CME certification ensured that from design through evaluation we created a course that achieved our key learning objectives, as well as ensured our education content was based on adult learning principles and aligned with national CME standards.