Emergency Preparedness Committee – S.T.R.

 

This is a must read: Important to Know The chances are that if enough of you read this it will result in lives being saved!
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:
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. Chicken Soup)
R.*Ask him or her 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.
New sign of stroke—Stick out Your Tongue! If the tongue is Crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
Opportunity knocks. The Emergency Preparedness Committee will coordinate another CPR/AED class for Niguel Shores residents on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at our Community Center activities room.
The first class was a resounding success with professional certification for each participant.
Learn how to potentially save a life with updated CPR/AED techniques along with other first aid techniques. The fee, paid in advance by check in the amount of $45 at the Niguel Shores office when you register, covers instruction/ training and your certification.
Please give this Opportunity serious consideration to prepare yourself for that unexpected emergency of a heart attack, choking incident, stroke or possibly an individual in a drowning situation. Register early to insure your spot in the class.
—Kent Wellbrock
Chairman: Emergency Preparedness Committee

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