St John Ambulance ACT answering the call to be “United by Stroke”

Do you know the warning signs and symptoms for someone suffering from a stroke?

St John Ambulance ACT are using National Stroke Week (2-8 August 2021) to raise awareness around stroke detection.

St John Ambulance ACT chief executive Adrian Watts said every second counts in the event of a stroke and knowing how to recognise when a stroke is happening is the first step.

The Stroke Foundation is championing the message of how to identify the symptoms of a stoke with the F.A.S.T test, which involves asking these questions:

FACE: Check their face. Has their mouth dropped?

ARMS: Can they lift both arms?

SPEECH: Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?

TIME: Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away.

“This National Stroke Week, I want to thank every person who plays a role in a stroke emergency,” Ms Paton-Kelly, Stroke Foundation New South Wales State Manager,  said.

“That includes the person who recognises a stroke and calls triple zero (000), to the call taker, the paramedics, the doctors and nurses who treat the patient and the dedicated health professionals who support their recovery.”

By knowing how to identify the different warning signs you can respond swiftly and send for help.

Other signs and symptoms of a stroke include:

  • facial weakness
  • arm weakness
  • weakness or paralysis, especially on one side of the body
  • difficulty speaking or understanding
  • feeling of numbness in face, arm or leg
  • disturbed vision
  • loss of balance
  • faintness, dizziness
  • confusion
  • loss of consciousness

What to do

  1. Follow the St John Action Plan: DRSABCD.
  2. Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
  3. Reassure the patient. The patient may not be able to clearly communicate, which may cause them extreme anxiety.
  4. Help the patient to sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
  5. Loosen any tight clothing.
  6. Keep the patient warm.
  7. Wipe away any secretions from the patient’s mouth.
  8. Stay with the patient until medical aid arrives.
  9. Be prepared to give CPR if symptoms worsen.

A first aid course could help you identify the signs and symptoms and know how to respond appropriately in emergency situations.

If you would like to know more about the first aid courses available from St John Ambulance ACT please click here.

St John Ambulance ACT answering the call to be “United by Stroke”

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