Nov. 2015 Nurse’s Blog

FirstAid

This note continues First Aid Care. I will review care that can
be given when a stroke or CVA (Cerebral Vascular Accident)
is suspected. This is a circulation emergency, which may be a
sudden rupture or blockage of a blood vessel in the brain.
This situation is commonly called a Stroke, or as medical
personnel calls it, a CVA.

Recognizing the signs of a stroke is very important because
this is a true medical emergency. The sooner treatment is
given; the more likely brain damage can be minimized.

Imagine a situation where a church member seems dizzy or
unsteady and has a fall. Assess the person by asking yourself
these questions, with their permission as always. Does their
face droop? Is one arm lower when they try to raise their
arms? Is their speech slurred or strange? Do they have
weakness or numbness on one side of their body? Do they
complain of dim vision, blurring sight, or loss of vision on
either side? Do they have a sudden severe headache with no
apparent cause? Recognizing a stroke is your intervention.

Call 911 immediately or direct someone to call 911. Assess
the person for breathing and call for the CPR Team. The
AED (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) may not be needed
but have a team member and the machine near the victim.
Try to get the person in a comfortable position and cover
them with a blanket. Blankets are at the first aid areas in the
narthex and basement. Stay with the person until the
ambulance comes. Reassure them that help is on the way.
Reinforce safety in the general area.

The best treatment for a stroke is calling 911 when the
symptoms of a stroke are observed.

*Save this date! Christmas is approaching. It is a wonderful
time to join me for a multi-age event! December 13 is the date
for Christmas Caroling! Have lunch in Creighton Hall and
ask your friends to come for this special event. You will
make a homebound member know the meaning of Christmas.

*Also, the Christmas cookie collection for needy will be
November 22nd. Have fun cooking with your family and share
the joy with the needy! It is normal to be nervous in
emergency situations but try to reassure the victim and get
help.