…..the F.A.S.T. signs. It is likely the man will be scared and unable to communicate effectively. Provide reassurance that 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?
TIME to TAKE ACTION call 111 straight away. DO NOT DELAY.
Stroke Association NZ recommend “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 look at a TIA…..
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
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.
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