With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, many carers have had difficulty understanding the best way to help their patients with epilepsy. New recommendations have been drawn up by a team of international epilepsy specialists, led by Professor Ley Sander.
The report, which was published in the journal, Neurology, has outlined a series of guidance aimed at helping healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care whilst avoiding face to face visits.
The document starts by emphasising that people with epilepsy are at no more risk of contracting COVID-19 than anybody else, unless they have other factors, such as older age (70+) or respiratory diseases. However, they do also advise that those with epilepsy remain isolated as much as possible and away from contacts and symptomatic individuals.
Ensuring a regular supply of medication is key to keeping those with well controlled epilepsy safe. It’s also absolutely essential to ensure that despite the change in environment or routine that medications continue to be taken regularly.
Emergency care plans are recommended for all alongside a prescription of rescue medication for emergencies. Clear instructions on how and when these should be used need to be cascaded to carers and family members.
Appointments should also be continued, but using video and phone technology as at the time of writing hospital visits are minimised.
The rest of the document provided guidance on a number of issues carers are facing in caring for epilepsy patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve summarised them here:
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