If a person suddenly develops symptoms such as weakness, slurred or garbled speech, loss of balance, or a massive & severe headache; it’s possible they could be having a stroke.
The Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale uses the acronym FAST to assess Facial droop – Arm Drift - Speech – and Time.
There are several conditions that can mimic a stroke.
Identification & Treatment of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
Identification & Treatment of hypoxia using a pulse oximeter.
Some seizures, electrolyte imbalance, sepsis, brain tumors, and Bell’s Palsy can also mimic a stroke.
Prehospital providers should transport suspected stroke patients to a stroke center following their local protocols.
Hospital providers should active their stroke team to ensure rapid assessment and treatment.
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