Epilepsy group creates digital medical tool

The online assessment tool has been created by the Epiliepsy Nurses Association with support from digital group Virtual College.

Joe Lepper | 17th Jun 19

A nursing group that supports patients with epilepsy has developed a digital tool to help with the administering of medication when treating the condition.

The Epilepsy Nurses Association (ESNA) has been working with digital organisation Virtual College to develop the online assessment tool, which aims to make is easier to administer the epilepsy treatment buccal midazolam.

The online tool has been developed to coincide with the launch of training guidelines around the use of the medication, which is used to treat epileptic seizures.

Online tool aims to ensure quality

Phil Tittensor, Consultant Nurse for the Epilepsies at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust said: “The new ESNA guidelines are intended to address individual training needs for the safe administration of buccal midazolam and to be used by employing organisations to benchmark their services and ensure quality.

“Combined with the unique online assessment programme, we have a toolkit which boosts treatment knowledge, particularly around the care protocols of administering emergency medication.”

“These resources ensure everyone in the country who is caring for and working with people who experience seizures and epilepsy has the same basic required standard of knowledge.

“We’re urging anyone running, managing or supervising people in this setting to download the guidelines and make this easy-to-use assessment tool available to staff. That way they can feel confident that their teams are operating with the most up-to-date information, based on the latest epilepsy guidelines.”

The ESNA is principally formed by nurses and supports all health professionals who support people with epilepsy.