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Seizure First Aid with Zachary Quinto & Chris Pine

Follow these steps to give first aid to someone having a seizure:

  • Always stay with the person until the seizure ends.
  • Pay attention to the length of the seizure.
  • Stay calm; most seizures only last a few minutes.
  • Prevent injury by moving nearby objects out of the way.
  • Make the person as comfortable as possible.
  • Keep onlookers away.
  • Do not forcibly hold the person down.
  • Do not put anything in the person's mouth!
  • Make sure their breathing is okay.
  • Do not give water, pills, or food by mouth unless the person is fully alert.
  • Be sensitive and supportive, and ask others to do the same.

Call for emergency medical help when

  • a seizure lasts five minutes or longer;
  • one seizure occurs right after another without the person regaining consciousness or coming to between seizures;
  • seizures occur closer together than usual for that person;
  • breathing becomes difficult or the person appears to be choking;
  • the seizure occurs in water;
  • injury may have occurred;
  • the person asks for medical help.


Actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto meet up suddenly  in the middle of a cavernous subway underpass; after a friendly high-five and greeting, Chris speaks.

Chris Pine: If someone has a seizure, do you know what to do?

Zachary Quinto: Hey that's my line.

Chris: Well then, say it.

Chris & Zachary (unison): First off, never ever put anything in their mouth.

Chris: Never.

Zachary: Make sure they are comfortable and safe.

Chris: Turn them on their side.

Zachary: Make sure their head is protected.

Chris: Stay with them until the seizure ends.

Zachary: The seizure will probably last only a few moments.

Chris: The best thing you can do is be a friend.

Zachary: Talk about it.

Chris: Talk about it.  Hey we're a pretty good team.

Zachary: Yeah. We'll see.