When mere minutes matter most
Here at Strat Training we are passionate about personal investment in basic first aid training. If you are not yet qualified and trained in the most basic first aid course (level 0), we recommend, for your own health and safety as well as the health and safety of family, friends and strangers, that you invest in suitable training through Strat Training as soon as possible; mere minutes may matter in a life or death situation, wouldn’t you like to be prepared?
While no information provided below by our Strat Training licensed professionals is intended to in any way replace the basic First Aid training that every conscientious individual should undergo, it may help an as of yet untrained individual save a life when mere minutes matter. In the interest of public safety, herewith follows a brief overview of how to recognize and respond to some basic medical crises:
How to identify a heart attack
- An often overlooked symptom of a heart attack is abdominal discomfort that is often written off as indigestion. People experiencing this pain thus often delay treatment which may lead to permanent damage to the heart muscle which may have been avoided by the patient receiving prompt care. Better to err on the side of caution and treat abnormal or persistent abdominal pain as a medical emergency.
- Abdominal discomfort may include a squeezing pressure, a feeling of fullness of the chest or a pain in the center of the chest; these symptoms may also come and go.
- Shortness of breath, fatigue, feeling lightheaded, nausea, and breaking out in a cold sweat can also indicate a heart attack.
What should you do?
- If you or anyone around you is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack you should call an ambulance or make your way to the hospital as quickly as possible. By telephoning an ambulance you are also taken directly into the ER and avoid many of the standard waiting periods and protocols followed by walk-in ER patients. Those minutes may matter.
- The person suffering the symptoms should chew an aspirin as soon as possible while awaiting treatment.
Identifying a Stroke
- Identify a stroke with the FAST acronym.
- F: Face drooping. Is one side of the face drooping? Is the smile lopsided/uneven? Is there facial numbness?
- A: Arm weakness. Can one arm be raised higher than the other? Does one arm begin to drift downward?
- S: Speech difficulty. Is speech slurred? Is the person able to speak and be clearly understood? Is the person able to repeat a simple sentence like “I love my brown dog” correctly?
- T: Time. Time to call an ambulance if a person experiences these symptoms. Even if the symptoms go away it is paramount that treatment is sought! Also note the time the symptoms started (and ceased if applicable) as this is vital information when receiving treatment.