Seizures may occur at any time and place, even when someone is taking medication to manage their situation. In addition, there may or may not be warning signs that a seizure is about to happen – each individual is different.
Seizures do not usually require emergency medical attention. It is common for people to lose awareness of their surroundings when a seizure occurs. When someone experiences a seizure on campus, please contact GCC Campus Safety (x6500 from an on-campus phone or 585.345.6500 from a cell phone) to alert them that a campus member is experiencing a seizure. They will also alert Student Health Services that someone on campus is experiencing a seizure. Student Health Nurse(s) will respond, along with Campus Safety officers to assist the student or visitor experiencing the seizure.
While waiting for Campus Safety and/or Student Health to arrive, it is helpful to clear the area surrounding the student or community member experiencing the seizure. You may ask students in your classroom to move out into the hallway to provide a private space for the person having a seizure.
- Be sure the person is on their side.
- Remove hard or sharp objects from the area.
- Never force anything into the person’s mouth.
If Campus Safety and/or Student Health Nurses are unavailable, please utilize the following to assist in determining when outside assistance should be called:
Call 911 if one or more of these are true (per CDC guidelines):
- The person has never had a seizure before.
- The person has difficulty breathing or waking after the seizure.
- The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
- The person has another seizure soon after the first one.
- The person is hurt during the seizure.
- The seizure happens in water.
- The person has a health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or is pregnant.
OR if the individual is incoherent and/or is unknown to responders and also, at the discretion of the nurse, campus safety, or other college designee.
When in doubt, call 911, then contact GCC Campus Safety (x6500 from an on-campus phone or 585.345.6500 from a cell phone).