As part of World Stroke Day, Memorial Medical Center is encouraging its employees to learn the warning signs of a stroke and to teach others in the community a quick test to determine if someone may be experiencing a stroke.
“We want to encourage the people in our profession and the community to pay it forward by taking the time to learn a simple screening,” said Amanda Conn, a registered nurse who serves as Memorial’s stroke center program coordinator for neurosciences. “It only takes five minutes to learn and could save a lot of lives.”
World Stroke Day is Oct. 29. The test is called FAST, which is an acronym for Face, Arms, Speech, Time.
Here’s how the FAST screening works: If you suspect someone may be having a stroke, you should first check for facial weaknesses – anything that’s different from one side of the face to the other, such as an uneven smile. Read the rest of this entry »