….. help is on the way and try to encourage him to relax. Make the man as comfortable as possible. Avoid giving him anything to eat or drink if he is thirsty moisten his lips. Be aware the man may become unconscious at any time. Should this occur, place him on his side and ensure a clear airway is maintained.
FACE Is their face drooping on one side? Can the person smile?
ARM Is one arm weak? Can the person raise both arms?
SPEECH Is their speech jumbled or slurred? Can the person speak at all?
TAKE ACTION Call 111 straight away, DO NOT DELAY.
Stroke Association NZ recommends, “If any of the signs of stroke are recognised, don’t wait, call 111 straight away. Don’t call your doctor, or drive yourself – get help immediately. Ambulance staff want to hear from you if you recognise the F.A.S.T. signs – call 111 and tell them it’s a stroke.”.
Tomorrow we will look at a TIA.
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Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.