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Old 03-29-2009, 08:38 AM
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Recognizing a Stroke - Three Commands for the Victim

Three commands sometimes used by doctors to begin assessing whether a person may be experiencing a strokecan also be useful for people who are not doctors.

Lay persons can command a potential stroke victim to:
  1. Smile.
  2. Raise both arms.
  3. Repeat a simple sentence.
The three commands, known as the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale (CPSS), are used by health professionals as a simple first step in the assessment process for signs of stroke. If a person has trouble with any of these simple commands, emergency services (911) should be called immediately with a description of the situation, noting that you suspect the individual is having a stroke.
A stroke results from impaired oxygen delivery to brain cells via the bloodstream. According to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the five major signs of stroke are the sudden onset of:
  1. Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. The loss of voluntary movement and/or sensation may be complete or partial. There may also be an associated tingling sensation in the affected area.
  2. Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. Sometimes weakness in the muscles of the face can cause drooling.
  3. Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  4. Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  5. Severe headache with no known cause
The physicians at UNC showed in a small study that lay persons can effectively recognize the signs of stroke using the CPSS assessment.

Should a person experience any of the signs of stroke or be unable to complete the three simple tasks, emergency services should be notified immediately. Both the death rate and level of disability resulting from strokes can be dramatically reduced by immediate and appropriate medical care. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=52795
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:19 AM
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This is excellent.
I think the more ppl in the community know this one, the better
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...I've also seen "stick your tongue out straight" on a similar list. There is a cute little mneumonic for it which I can't get out of my caffeine deprived brain this early.forumsmiley1019
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