Back in 2009 – the Department of Health released a fantastic awareness campaign based on Strokes.
Act F.A.S.T aimed to educate not only health care professionals but also members of the public, the signs of stroke and that prompt emergency treatment can reduce the risk of death and disability.
To this day, 2 years on, this is still an acronym that is widely used to continue the teachings of the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
What people don’t understand about strokes is that it can happen to anyone, anywhere at any any time.
One of our first aiders was unfortunate enough to have to deal with his flat mate, who at 28, suffered a serious stroke.
Finding it difficult to comprehend that a 28 year old could have a stroke, this was pretty much ruled out, but the signs and symptoms wasn’t pointing to anything else and the speed of the deterioration was phenomenal.
Within 3 minutes, the casualty had gone from speaking and being aware to being paralysed and finding it difficult to speak. There was onset of vomiting and confusion.
An ambulance had been called and with the precise information being given to ambulance control, there was a rapid response vehicle on scene with 4 minutes of the call being made, and an ambulance on scene within 6 mins, they commented that with the information that had been passed to them – they knew what they were coming to.
It was a good outcome, as well as could be expected.
Following 8 months of rehab, the casualty returned shanghai home, still suffering from some left side paralysis and some difficulty in speaking, but still, with the prompt action that was taken the flatmate still has a relatively normal lifestyle, things could have been so much worse!
Watch the video clip produced by the department of health and recognise the signs and symptoms – quick intervention can be the difference between life and death.
F = Face – can they smile?
A = Arms – can they raise both arms?
S = Speech – Is their speech slurred?
T = Time – It’s time to call 999
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