A leading Mayo General Hospital physician has highlighted the importance of acting fast to save lives in stroke emergencies.
Consultant Physician Dr. Tom O’ Malley, Mayo General Hospital, explains: “Stroke is a medical emergency, and people need to act F.A.S.T. and call 999 immediately if they recognise any symptoms of stroke, in order to save lives.
“The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chance of surviving and reducing long-term disability.”
Dr. O’Malley was speaking at the an event during the recent joint venture between local Heart & Stroke Charity Croí, Mayo PCCC, HSE West and Mayo General Hospital that saw the month of March designated as Mayo Stroke Awareness Month.
The campaign was launched to raise awareness about stroke in Mayo, and to communicate key messages on stroke recognition and prevention.
During this campaign, a number of free information events were organised to raise public awareness on how to recognise stroke and what you can do to prevent stroke. Two open days were held in Mayo General Hospital where hundreds of members of the general public were greeted in the main foyer of the hospital by healthcare professionals specialised in stroke, who were promoting the key messages of the Stroke F.A.S.T. campaign.
Croí Nurse, Ailish Houlihan said: “The Stroke F.A.S.T. message is an easy way to remember the key warning signs of stroke and we would ask everyone in Mayo to become familiar with the F.A.S.T. acronym and to spread this important life-saving message amongst colleagues, friends and family.”
F.A.S.T. stands for
F – Face – Has the face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
A – Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
S – Speech – Is their speech slurred?
T – Time – Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.
Remember, you do not need to see all of these signs together for it to be a stroke. Just a single sign is enough to call an ambulance.
To learn more about F.A.S.T. and stroke prevention or to download a poster for your workplace, please visit the Croi website.
Pictured above promoting the Stroke F.A.S.T. campaign at Mayo General Hospital are left to right: Niamh Murtagh, Stroke Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dr. Tom Lee, Consultant Physician, Mayo General Hospital, Ailish Houlihan, Croi Nurse, Dr. Tom O’Malley, Consultant Physician, Sinead Duddy, Occupational Therapist, Mayo General Hospital.