Status epilepticus: Panel issues four-step guideline

Prompt and effective action is critical in the treatment of status epilepticus, say the authors of new guidelines.

The condition - defined as continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more - has a mortality rate of around 3% in children but as high as 30% in adults.

Published in the journal Epilepsy Currents, the American Epilepsy Society guidelines say the goal of therapy should be the