Strokes- Signs and Emergency Response

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Strokes- Signs and Emergency Response Safety Talk

Strokes, just like heart attacks, are a serious medical emergency that occur all too often. They are the leading cause for serious long term disability and are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year over 795,000 people experience a stroke in the US. Over 75% of stroke victims are over the age of 65 according to StrokeCenter.org.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of someone who is experiencing a stroke. Knowing the symptoms along with the proper emergency response is critical. Knowing this information can make all the difference in whether a victim of a stroke receives the medical attention they need to save their life.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
(source: WebMD.com)

  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
  • Abrupt loss of vision, strength, coordination, sensation, speech, or the ability to understand speech.
  • Sudden dimness of vision, especially in one eye.
  • Sudden and severe headache with no other cause followed rapidly by loss of consciousness — indications of a stroke due to bleeding.
  • Sudden loss of balance, possibly accompanied by vomiting, nausea, fever, hiccups, or trouble with swallowing.
  • Brief loss of consciousness.
  • Unexplained dizziness.

stroke toolbox talkEmergency Response for a Stroke Victim

If an individual is showing any of these symptoms and you suspect they may be suffering from a stroke, prompt medical attention is crucial to minimizing the effects the stroke can have or prevent death. Some of the treatments for victims must begin within a few hours and if they do not then the victim can face debilitating injuries if they survive. Just like any other type of medical emergency, never hesitate to call 911. It is always better to err on the side of caution when dealing with something as serious as a stroke.

Summary

Because of the sheer number of strokes each year, there is a good chance someone you know could experience one. Knowing what to look for when dealing with someone who is having a stroke is critical. You can be the difference in whether a victim gets the care they need quickly.

Discussion point:

-Has anyone experienced someone having a stroke and are willing to discuss what symptoms you witnessed?

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