Introduction: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up 50 million people worldwide, equivalent to the rate of at least 50 per 100,000 general population will develop epilepsy at any time of their life. This is a common neurological disorder which occurs in 0.5 to 0.8% of the general population.
Aim: To highlight some aspects of epilepsy, a neurological disorder immunological, which causes distress to sufferers and their families, provided for a significant percentage of the population, affecting the life expectancy and with incalculable social consequences.
Objective: The awareness of every citizen to acquire basic knowledge of epilepsy, the authoritative Nursing Interventions in an epileptic attack given with the correct address of first aid to a seizure.
Data Sources: The method used to search electronic databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, GOOGLE, WHO, PUBMED) for review of foreign literature, and was selected Greek books, published articles and research studies of the last fifteen years. Exclusion criteria were the work of the impossibility of finding the relevant article or the existence of foreign language texts which could be translated.
Results: Epilepsy is a major public health problem, has important economic consequences and affect life expectancy.
Conclusions: The nursing intervention, assessing the status of the patient and goals of care are important parameters for control and treatment of epileptic seizures, offering the best quality care and avoiding premature death. We need support to improve care and to provide better information and awareness of people about the disease.
Key-words: Epilepsy, electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neurophysiological findings, seizures.