STROKE

 

STROKE: occurs when the supply of blood to part of the brain is suddenly disrupted or when spontaneous bleeding from a blood vessel within the skull occurs. About 80% of strokes are caused by an acute blockage of a blood vessel supplying part of the brain. (ARC 2016)

Common symptoms of stroke include: numbness of the face/arms/legs, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, loss of balance, loss of +/or blurry vision, headache, drowsiness, confusion, reduced level of consciousness.

 

Treatment:

  1. Rest and reassure patient- remember, they may be able to understand you, even if they can’t communicate normally

  2. Assess patient using F.A.S.T; initiate evac ASAP if applicable

  3. Pre-empt onset of shock- treat for environment

  4. Administer oxygen if available and authorised to do so

  5. Withold food/liquids (increased risk of choking)

Evacuation: Rapid evac for any patient who ‘fails’ the F.A.S.T test

Below are some more useful links and downloads regarding Strokes  

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