Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: mechanisms, risk factors and the role of the nurse

Brennan, Deborah L. and Powell, Andrew D. (2019) Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: mechanisms, risk factors and the role of the nurse. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 15 (2). pp. 64-72. ISSN 1747-0307

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Abstract

Epilepsy is a disease which can have significant effects upon a person’s
life. A subject discussed less frequently is sudden unexpected death in
epilepsy (SUDEP). This article summarises the main risk factors for its occurrence; notably, seizure types, medications management and sleeping position. It discusses potential pathophysiological mechanisms, including the emerging research on laryngospasm and the role that genetics may play in increasing risk. Finally, it identifies several nursing responsibilities
within the structure of a SUDEP checklist that has been shown to
improve patient outcomes. It discusses how these responsibilities are
underpinned by patient education and the need for all nurses to develop
their own knowledge of epilepsy and SUDEP to facilitate this.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B200 Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
B700 Nursing
C100 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Andrew Powell
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 08:49
Last Modified: 15 May 2019 08:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7462

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