Learning first aid can save lives. The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to bring you some simple tips. This week recognising stroke symptoms.
A stroke is caused by a portion of the brain being starved of oxygen.
This can be due to a burst blood vessel or a clot blocking a blood vessel. The lack of oxygen causes damage to the brain.
The long-term effects of a stroke depend on what part of the brain and how much tissue is affected.
To recognise if someone has suffered a stroke, use the FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) test.
Ask them to smile. If they have had a stroke, they may only be able to smile on one side; the other side of the mouth may droop
Ask them to raise both arms. If they have had a stroke, they may only be able to lift one arm.
Ask them to speak. If they have had a stroke, they may struggle to respond appropriately.
If all of these are positive, it’s TIME to call 999/112 for emergency help
Tell the operator you have used the FAST test and suspect a stroke.
Keep them comfortable and supported.
A series of first aid courses have also been organised for YEP readers at a discounted rate of £20, thanks to St John Ambulance.
To book a place ring 01924 262 726, press option four and quote the discount code 20EFAAA. Please mention that you have a voucher from the paper and take it with you to your course.
Courses are suitable for children aged 12 and over. Under 16s must attend with an adult.