View Full Version : Recognising a stroke

Loose rivets
26th May 2005, 06:04
This turned up from Oz this PM, don't know why. havn't got time to filter it straight, but worth passing on.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10
people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

Simple information which may assist in saving a life
Good to know these things.

Susie is recouping at an incredible pace for someone who suffered a
stroke, all because Sherry saw Susie stumble - - that is the key that
mentioned below - - and then she asked Susie 3 questions. So simple - -
these 3 questions literally saved Susie's life. Susie failed all three so
000" was called. Even though she had normal blood pressure readings and
not appear to be having a stroke, as she could converse to some extent
the Paramedics. They took her to the hospital right away.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately,
lack of public awareness can spell disaster. The stroke victim may suffer
brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms. Now
say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

* Ask the individual to SMILE.
* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
* Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (ie. It is sunny
out today)

If he or she has trouble with ANY of these tasks, call 000 immediately
describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify
facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the
general public to learn the three questions. They presented their
conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last
February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis
treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage .

Onan the Clumsy
26th May 2005, 13:49
Susie failed all three so "000" was called ...then as Sherry waited and waited for an ambulance, Susie's eyes rolled up in to her head and she expired. It was only later that Sherry realised she should have called 999 instead.

All kidding aside, is 000 the emergency services number in Oz? I never knew that.

26th May 2005, 14:05
Yes, Onan, it is. Also, if you have a mobile phone, you can dial 112 for emergency services regardless of whether the keypad is locked or even if there is no SIMcard in the phone (if you are using digital as opposed to CDMA). I believe this 112 number works in other countries as well.

26th May 2005, 15:05
Oooh Err

* Ask the individual to SMILE.
* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
* Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (ie. It is sunny
out today)

I think my girlfriend was having a stroke last night whilst, ah, having strokes... :ooh:

*SMILE - well, sort of, kinda...
*RAISE BOTH ARMS - ok, done, but gripping the um, rails..
*SPEAK etc. - now this was definately not coherent...

ok, ok, Im'e sorry - couldn't resist... :E



26th May 2005, 15:56
This does bring up a subject that could be thread creep, however I feel it could be very important so I will ask it anyway.

Emergency phone numbers around the world.

USA 911
UK 999
Az 000


Could help somone away from home.

26th May 2005, 16:01

26th May 2005, 17:54
112 works in the UK and in many European countries.

The test that has been described is known as the FAST test (Face, Arms & Speech Test) and I use it reguarly in the pre-hospital setting to make a rapid assesment of a patient in which a stroke is suspected.

The only difference is that when the arms are rasised we ask the patient to close their eyes and we look for an arm to drop.

If it gets to the stage where you think you need to carry out the FAST test on someone you should probably be seeking medical help asap, as clearly something is already wrong.

26th May 2005, 17:57
Thanks Jerricho!:ok:

Loose rivets
26th May 2005, 18:12
Interesting responses, and thanks Jerricho for the graphic...duly printed out.

26th May 2005, 18:29
Nurries :ok:

It is kind of handy to have around (touch wood)

27th May 2005, 05:47
Is there another one anywhere, for our side of the globe?

BTW, Ambulance over here is 991 (operator) or 222366 (direct).

27th May 2005, 05:56
I think it may be embarrassing if emergency services arrived while I was having a stroke!