Thursday, January 31, 2013

STR to save a life

[Thanks to Keith in Brampton, Ontario, for sending this along.]

During an outdoor barbeque, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had 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, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital, and had passed away at 6:00 pm.

She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition, suffering severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms.

So, please take a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can completely reverse the effects of a stroke. He says the trick is to get a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and given medical attention within 3 hours.

But, if you remember three letters --- STR --- you can save a life.

A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S - Ask the individual to SMILE.

T - Ask them to TALK, saying something coherently i.e. "Chicken Soup."

R - Ask them to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

And here's another sign of a stroke. Ask the person to stick out his tongue. If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, good info! My friends and I are getting to the age now where we need to know this stuff.