What type of emergency is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die in minutes. A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can reduce brain damage and other complications.
What are the 5 warning signs of a stroke?
The five warning signs of stroke are:
- Sudden onset of weakness or numbness on one side of the body.
- Sudden speech difficulty or confusion.
- Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden onset of dizziness, trouble walking or loss of balance.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
What does a nurse do for a stroke patient?
Nurses working in acute stroke services have a wide-ranging role that includes assessment, identification and monitoring, as well as rehabilitation, psychological support and end of life care.
Is stroke an emergency situation?
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
What is stroke protocol?
A CT stroke protocol is obtained in the emergency setting to rapidly diagnose and quantify patients presenting with probable ischemic strokes and to enable appropriate urgent management (e.g. endovascular clot retrieval or intravenous thrombolysis).
Do ambulances carry stroke medication?
Ambulances equipped to give tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) for ischemic stroke allowed for more rapid treatment and increased rates of treatment.
Can paramedics detect a stroke?
National guidelines state that the role of ambulance staff (paramedics) is to identify those patients who show signs of stroke and transport them to a hyper-acute stroke unit as soon as possible.