Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Little Lifesaver

This next posting is by way of a public information message I have been asked to pass on. With such a high proportion of elderly people in Thanet the information may help someone, so I decided to give it space here, in the public interest.

"If everyone can remember something this simple, you could save a life. Seriously, please read on:"

"During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call an ambulance) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this:

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps acronym, ‘STR’. Please remember it!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

* S - Ask the individual to ‘Smile’.

* T - Ask the person to ‘Talk’. to speak a simple coherent sentence, (i.e. . . It is sunny outside)

* R - Ask him or her to ‘Raise both Arms’.

{NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue... if the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke}.

If he or she has trouble with 'Any' of these tasks, call 999 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist told me that if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to ten people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved as a result"

1 comment:

James Maskell said...

Very useful information. Ive met people who have suffered from strokes and their lives have been dramatically affected. Its well worth readers taking this in, in case we should ever be in the unenviable position of having to help someone who has suffered from a stroke.