Using Seizure Tracker®
Creating a new account –
User Name and Password page:
Create a memorable user name and password. They will be required to log into your account. Your password should be at least six characters.
User Email and Question-Answer page:
The user email will be used to contact you on updates and news that pertains to Seizure Tracker®. It is also used as the primary contact email for reports emailed from your account.
The Question-Answer area is for retrieving forgotten user name and password information via email.
Profile page:
The beginning of this page is personal information about the person for whom the logging will be done. Pertinent information is included in the reports created by the user and can be emailed from his or her account. This information includes first name, last name, birth date (commonly used to reference patient files in hospitals and doctors offices), and weight (can be edited for changes from control Panel).
The "Options for account" section selects preferences for turning on or off certain tools on the site. The data entered on these tools is never erased. By checking or un-checking the box preceding the option description the user only determines whether those tools will be visible. The visibility of these tools can be changed at any time.
  Options include:
  ●  Recording of rescue medications - Rescue medictions include any single unscheduled dose of anti-epileptic medication administered to stop a prolonged seizure. The rescue medication tool enables users to log and report when they are administered and include notes surrounding that particular event.    
  ●  Attach YouTube.com videos to events - Videos are often helpful in communicating descriptions of epileptic events to care providers. This option allows site users to attach YouTube.com videos to logged events which are then linked to in the reports created (and shared) on SeizureTracker.com.    
  ●  Event logging options - Users of the site can set their event logging options to include or exclude standardized form for tracking seizure triggers and post event descriptions. The main logging description section options include a standardized form or the ability to use "Personal Descriptions" which label the event with a title, a letter value and a numerical value. User also have the option to include both the staradrdize description and the "Personal Description".    
    These options can be enabled or disabled at any time without losing any information previously recorded.    
The “Region of residence when diagnosed” and “Cause of Epilepsy” sections are optional. We plan to develop reports that would be cause and region specific, this information will be integral in running those reports.
Medication Schedule:
This information can be updated at any time through the control panel or the event-logging page. The medication schedule consists of information entered by the user to track anti-epileptic medications and their dosages. These can later be graphed against the seizure activity in the report section. Fields include: drug names, full daily dose amount, unit label, start date and end date. There is a printable medication worksheet that corresponds to the online medication schedule form on the support documents page (accessible through the Control Panel).
Example:
Rescue Medication Schedule:
To activate the rescue medication tool:
-From the control panel click on the profile "Change" link in the lower left hand side of the page.
-Select "Enable recording of rescue medications" and press the "Update" button.
The user will now be able to access the rescue medication schedule through the event (seizure) logging page.

After activating this tool the user can add or edit any rescue medication administered at any time by clicking on the "Add or Edit" link below "Today's rescue medication" on the event-logging page. Rescue medications are any unscheduled medications administered to stop a prolonged or reoccurring break through seizures. The rescue medication schedule consists of information entered by the user to track anti-epileptic medications and their dosages. These medications are represented as a tick mark on the graphs included with the reports. Fields include drug names, dose amount, unit label, administration date, administration time and a section for notes.
Logging and creating reports-
Control Panel page:
This is the main access page to the account. Most prominent is the calendar consisting of a three-month view. Each day on the calendar links to the corresponding event logging page. The outline and interior color of each day’s box changes as events are logged or appointments are scheduled. A red outline indicates events logged for that day and a yellow interior indicates appointments scheduled. The user can scroll adjacent months by three-month increment or by a year by using the arrows located below calendar.
In the lower left side of the Control Panel page is a short profile including; weight, age, and active medications (if scheduled by user). You can also edit the “Region of residence when diagnosed” , "Options for account" and “Cause of Epilepsy” selection by clicking on the "change" profile link.

Also on the control panel page are links to the Create Reports, Contact Manager, Support Documents, Change Email, Change Password, and the About SeizureTracker.com pages.

Seizure Logging Page:
From this page the user can log seizure events, schedule appointments, edit the regular and rescue (if activated) medication schedules, and record daily notes. At the top of the page the current day is in bold. Below that is the number of events logged, the age of the subject and any scheduled medications active on that day. In the top right corner is a one-month calendar similar to the control panel month calendar. Again, each day on the calendar links to the corresponding event logging page. The user can jump forward or backward by month or by year.
The middle left portion of the page is the event logging section and consists of four basic parts: the header section, the possible trigger section, the description section and the post event section. There are printable forms that correspond with the online event logging form on the support documents page (accessible through the Control Panel).
Header section –

The header section includes a “Flag it” selection used to differentiate an event when creating reports, a record event button, a clear form link, the time and length of the event, the type of seizure, subjects mood at time of seizure, and any over the counter medications being taken.

If the "Enable attachment of YouTube videos to event log" account preference is selected on the profile page this option will also be availible in the header section. Video recording of seizure events often aid care givers in diagnosing seizure types. This tool allows users to attach links to personal YouTube videos to a particular seizure event entered on Seizure Tracker®. A video icon button will appear on each event with an associated video in the Seizure Tracker® account and any reports shared through that account.

If you don't have a YouTube account click here for account set up directions.
To attach a video to a seizure event copy and paste the entire video URL into the YouTube field on the logging form. As you watch a YouTube video in your account the URL is located on the right side.
    Example URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDccChHrgRA  
       
Triggers section-
This section includes many possible seizure triggers. Selected values are passed from one event to the next and remembered as values in the form. This allows for entering multiple similar events more rapidly. It is partially customizable with an “Other” option in which the user can enter a trigger that may not be listed. This value can then be applied to events as needed. The “Other” option can be changed at anytime. Also provided is a trigger notes section to allow for more detail description of triggers. The “notes” value is not remembered. *
Description section-
This section includes many descriptions of seizures. Selected values are passed from one event to the next and remembered as values in the form. This allows for entering multiple similar more rapidly. It is partially customizable with an “Other” option in which the user can enter a description that may not be listed. This value can then be applied to events as needed. The “Other” option can be changed at anytime. Also provided is a “Description notes” section, which allows user to elaborate on the description. The “notes” value is not remembered.*
Post event section-
This section includes things that can commonly occur following a seizure. Selected values are passed from one event to the next and remembered as values in the form. This allows for entering multiple similar more rapidly. It is partially customizable with an “Other” option in which the user can enter a post event description that may not be listed. This value can then be applied to events as needed. The “Other” option can be changed at anytime. Also provided is a “Post event notes” section, which allows user to elaborate on the description. The “notes” value is not remembered. *
*Most browsers have smart form technology that remembers past values typed into a specific part of a form. If the user fills in the “Other” field or the “notes” fields from those values are remembered on that computer and become options as the user fills in similar values. Example below:
Directly below the event logging form is a list of all seizures logged for that day. The user has the option of editing or deleting each individual entry.

To the right of the event logging form and below the one-month calendar is a Link to the report page, the section to enter appointments and the daily note box.

Create Reports Page:
This page is one of the most integral parts of the Seizure Tracking site. From this page the user submits parameters for the reporting feature of this site. The form to enter in the parameters of reports to be created has three main features that include length of report, start date, and three data sections. We have plans to enhance the reports by adding more diverse graphing capabilities and adding more options to the data section selections.
Length of report section –
Here you can select the length of the report being created. Currently the options are a one-month report, a three-month report, a six-month report and a year long report. In the future user will be able to choose the type (type being determined by the graph included) and length of the report through this selection.
Start date section-
This section allows user to determine the date parameter of the report. It is the end date of the report so if the user would like a report representing the full 2007-year they would enter December 2007.
Data selection section-
This section allows user to select what types of information they would like included in the graph. Currently the user can select from: All Seizures, Flagged Seizures, and the Medication Profile. We plan on adding options that would be classified by the different trigger, description, and post event selections made when logging events.
Reports page:

Report pages show the results of information specified by the user. A bar/line graph that compares seizure activity to medication levels also appears on the report page. The option to email reports is available by clicking on the "Email report" link in the upper right hand corner of the report. If the user has entered email addresses into the "Contact Manager" that information will be able to be passed into the emailing function. If the user passes an address into the emailing reports function there is a note added to that contacts note section and is accessible through the "Contact Manager".
Note: If more than one address is added to the "TO:", "CC:", and "BCC:" email form fields the note will not be passed to those contacts.

Printing Reports- While designing the site, our intent was to create a tool that was mostly web based and easy to read online. The graphing feature in the reports includes a scrolling capability to show extended periods of time. Seeing those reports in printed form allows for highlighting a given time period within the graph. Since the launch of the site, we have found it useful to have some of the reports in hard copy and plan to include that upgrade when we launch upgrades to the site.
If we may offer a temporary solution, after you select to print your report from the "File" pull down window in your browser, a print window should appear. Some browser/printer combinations vary but most should give you a "properties" or "preferences" button in the upper right region of the Print window. You should have some resizing capabilities after clicking that button. We found printing at 80% usually included the entire report left to right. If you have certain parts of the graph you are interested in showing in the printed version of the report, make sure the graph is scrolled to that point prior to printing.
Contact Manager Page:
From this page the user can view and add contacts, add/delete groups to sort contacts, and view any notes added to a specific contact. Clicking on the contact name will allow the user to edit contact information, delete contact, and add/edit any notes associated with that contact. Users will notice a "View Notes" link to the right of each contact. Clicking on that link reveals all notes associated with that contact (a note of reports sent to a contact is automatically added to their notes section when the user passes the contacts address to the email reports function).
Medication Schedule page:
This information can be updated at any time through the control panel or the event-logging page. The medication schedule consists of information entered by the user to track anti-epileptic medications and their dosages. These can later be graphed against the seizure activity in the report section. Fields include: drug names, full daily dose amount, unit label, start date and end date. There is a printable medication worksheet that corresponds to the online medication schedule form on the support documents page (accessible through the Control Panel).
Example:
Rescue Medication Schedule:
To activate the rescue medication tool:
-From the control panel click on the profile "Change" link in the lower left hand side of the page.
-Select "Enable recording of rescue medications" and press the "Update" button.
The user will now be able to access the rescue medication schedule through the event (seizure) logging page.

After activating this tool the user can add or edit any rescue medication administered at any time by clicking on the "Add or Edit" link below "Today's rescue medication" on the event-logging page. Rescue medications are any unscheduled medications administered to stop a prolonged or reoccurring break through seizures. The rescue medication schedule consists of information entered by the user to track anti-epileptic medications and their dosages. These medications are represented as a tick mark on the graphs included with the reports. Fields include drug names, dose amount, unit label, administration date, administration time and a section for notes.
Glossary:
Seizure Types-  
Simple Partial- A seizure limited to a specific area and side of the brain, without loss of consciousness.
Complex Partial- A seizure limited to a specific area and side of the brain, with the possibility of consciousness being lost or impaired.
Secondarily Generalized- A seizure beginning in a specific area of the brain and then progressing into a generalized seizure. It is important to describe the beginning of these seizures to possibly identify a focal region.
Tonic- Muscle stiffening or rigidity.
Clonic- Repetitive jerking motions.
Tonic Clonic- A seizure often referred to as grand mal seizures. These seizures begin with stiffening of the extremities followed by jerking of the extremities and face.
Myoclonic- A seizure with rapid, brief contractions of muscles, usually occurring at the same time on both sides of the body.
Atonic- A seizure with a sudden loss of muscle tone, often resulting in a sudden collapse. These seizures are also known as drop seizures.
Absence- A seizure with a brief lapse of awareness and or staring spell.
Atypical Absence- A seizure with a brief lapse of awareness and or staring spell but can be responsive.
Infantile Spasms (cluster)- Clusters of quick, sudden movements often occurring in children between 3 months and two years but can continue through later years.
*These descriptions should only be used as a guide. If you have further questions about seizure typing please consult with your care giver.
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