The ECoEs have created several educational presentations about epilepsy.
The ECoEs have established a consortium designed to advance epilepsy care through the nation.
The Epilepsy Centers of Excellence are charged with: (1) establishing a national system of care to all veterans with epilepsy, (2) educating veterans and others in their lives impacted by epilepsy about high quality epilepsy care, (3) providing health professional education and training in order to deliver the highest quality of standard of care to veterans with epilepsy, (4) utilizing national VA and other databases in order to inform providers and policy makers in Central Office about health care delivery and health policy decisions, (5) conducting state-of-the-art research about epilepsy, and (6) implementing an informatics backbone to meet the above objectives.
The American Veteran created a video about the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence. Click on the picture above to view this video. Please share this video with anyone interested in learning more about the ECoEs.
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures that affect a variety of mental and physical functions. When a person has two or more seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.
What is a seizure?
A seizure happens when a brief, strong rush of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. They can have many symptoms, from convulsions (jerky muscle contractions) and loss of consciousness to some that are not always recognized as seizures, like blank staring or lip-smacking.
Epilepsy vs. seizures
Seizures are characterized by a sudden change in movement, behavior, sensation or consciousness produced by an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain. Epilepsy is a condition of spontaneously recurring seizures. Having a single seizure does not necessarily mean a person has epilepsy. High fever, severe head injury, lack of oxygen, or a number of other factors can cause a single seizure.
Epilepsy, on the other hand, tends to be a lifelong condition that affects how electrical energy and connections behave in the brain.
When providing seizure first aid for generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures or partial seizures with secondary generalization, these are the key things to remember:
An uncomplicated generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure occurs in someone who has epilepsy but is not a medical emergency, even though it looks like one. It stops naturally after a few minutes without ill effects. The average person is able to continue about their business after a rest period, and may need only limited assistance or no assistance at all in getting home. In other circumstances, an ambulance might need to be called.
When to call an ambulance
An ambulance should be called if:
If the ambulance arrives after the person has returned to consciousness, the person should be asked whether the seizure was associated with epilepsy and whether emergency care is needed.
Click here to watch a short video about epilepsy and the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence.