Ketron recognized for role in passing bill to provide life-saving medication to children with severe epileptic emergencies

June 25, 2008

Ketron recognized for role in passing bill to provide
life-saving
medication to children with severe epileptic
emergencies

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 25, 2008 – State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) has been recognized by the Epilepsy Foundation of Middle and West Tennessee for his role in helping to pass a new law to help children with epilepsy in emergency situations.  Ketron was prime co-sponsor of legislation that allows properly trained school personnel or
volunteers to administer lifesaving anti-seizure medication at school.

“I am honored to have a role in passing this legislation,” said Senator Ketron.  “Time is critical in some emergencies involving seizures, and this bill addresses the need for immediate interaction in such circumstances by having school personnel or volunteers administer life-saving medication.”

Conventional medications that can be taken orally are effective for controlling seizures for most people.  However, a number of children are susceptible to prolonged cluster, or status seizures.  These seizures last longer and can cause more serious injury or death.  In such cases, the doctor may prescribe Diastat to be administered rectally on an emergency basis. The local and national Epilepsy Foundation supported the bill to train school lay people to administer the drug when this occurs.

“Proper planning and adequate instruction will ensure that children with seizures can participate in school and recreational activities,” added Ketron.  “This is a plus in adding to the quality of life for these kids and gives their parents needed peace of mind while they are at school.”

The new law, Public Chapter 1054, will take effect on July 1.

Senator Ketron with Kolton Jenkins who is a member of
the Middle Tennessee Epilepsy Foundation

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