We use the acronym F.A.S.T.
F is for Face – Ask him to smile…..does one side seem to be drooping.
A is for Arm – Ask him to raise them…..has he lost strength in one of them.
S is for Speak – Does his speech appear to be jumble or slurred.
T is for Take Action – Call 111 immediately if ANY of these stroke signs are apparent.
Stay with him and reassure him whilst monitoring his condition.
Stay tuned for the next question….
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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.
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