What to Do in a Medical Emergency (Stroke)

18 Aug

Symptoms of stroke:

The general rule for stroke is that “time is brain tissue”-the most important thing a bystander can do is to recognize the signs of stroke and get emergency help as quickly as possible.

Use the acronym FAST to assess someone for a possible stroke. “F” is for facial drooping. “A” for arm weakness (the inability to fully raise one’s arm), “S” for slurred speech or difficulty speaking or understanding, and “T” for knowing it’s time to call 911.

You can help speed the time it takes first responders to take appropriate action by letting the 911 dispatcher know you’ve done FAST and suspect a stroke. “Also, if the person has any medications with them-or you’re in their home-gather those to give to the EMTs when they arrive, ” says Ganti. “Knowing what medications they take can help the first responders determine more quickly if the patient is eligible for certain therapies.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health August 2018 Latha Ganti, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine and neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Fla.

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