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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:37 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The thought of needing or administering first aid while out caching alone or with others has crossed my mind more than once. I think in most cases, if first aid is needed, it's more for cuts, bruises, and twists, sprains, and broken bones. Usually not a life threatening injury. But what if....? Some of us carry cell phones and can call for help, while others, like myself, do not.

I just received this email today and thought that I would share it with you. I know that there are health care professionals among our ranks, so please feel free to comment and add to this thread. It may never be needed, but it doesn't hurt to recognize and know what to do until professional help can arrive, in various situations.


Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S. T. R.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:


During a BBQ, 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 -
(at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) 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 instead.


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..

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and Learn!

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 and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)

(i.e. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: 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.


Sometimes what we have in a first aid kit, won't help.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

excellent post furfool....most people do not think of those types of things. Its just always nice to have that info in the back of your head for if something strange happens. You never know when things could happen.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

that is an excellent post.

too many people poo-poo the warning signs and say they are fine because they don't want to inconvienence anyone. Often others are too quick to dismiss their concerns too. These steps are very helpful in confirming that something is wrong. Go with your gut feelings too.
Cardiac events, Stroke, TIA all have serious complications and there are many atypical presentations.

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