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AAP Provides Guidance to Develop Plans to Help Diminish Prolonged Seizures at School

The Council on School Health and Section on Neurology have co-authored an important new clinical report, Rescue Medications for Epilepsy in Education Settings, which highlights issues that pediatricians might consider when working with families and patients with epilepsy.  According to the report, prescribing physicians should collaborate with families and schools in developing medical orders and/or actions plans for the child or youth with epilepsy in school-related settings, which may include the use of seizure rescue medications.   

Since prolonged seizures may evolve into status epilepticus, administering a seizure rescue medication can abort a seizure and may obviate the need for emergency medical services and subsequent care in an emergency department. According to the report, these rescue medications can also diminish the need for hospital stays and lengthy recoveries.  The report addresses administering seizure rescue medications to children and adolescents with epilepsy who may experience prolonged seizures in school-associated settings (e.g., during transportation, in the classroom, or during sports activities). 

The report acknowledges that seizure management at school can be challenging, especially when school nurses aren’t available. In these situations, simple but effective response plans can help untrained staff or volunteers recognize and properly manage a student’s seizure until medical help arrives.  Given these staff variations, as well as, differences in state and local regulations, the patient’s doctor should work with the family and school to develop an individualized action plan that includes medication administration, as appropriate.  Click here to read the full report.

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The Council on School Health (COSH) defines school health as an integration of wellness, safety, growth, learning, and development in the lives of school-aged children and adolescents within the context of their school, and with the coordinated alliance of the family and the medical home.


Welcome to the AAP Council on School Health!

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a long standing commitment to school health. We believe when students are healthy, they have more academic success and lifelong achievement. You have joined a group of pediatricians who are passionate in our support of school and of those who connect with schools and work to improve the health and lives of youth.

The Council on School Health is dedicated to maximizing the personal health, academic achievement and life-long success of children and adolescents. The COSH seeks to promote sound school health policies and practices that ensure the health and safety of school-aged children and adolescents through policy, education and advocacy.

Pediatricians and other child health professionals can work with schools in a variety of ways to support students and the staff who work with them. Your Executive Committee (COSH EC) has representation across the nation and with many expertise areas. We organize the school health educational program at the AAP National Convention and Exhibition (NCE) as well as create policy and advocacy across school health areas.

We look forward to engaging you in our collective work to improve the health of school aged children. Please be in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Breena Holmes, MD
Chair, AAP Council on School Health


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