A ruthless killer
One of the biggest causes of death and disability in the UK is strokes. Strokes cause around 32,000 deaths in England every year and whilst the number is still high, it has been cut in half over the past 15 years. Many link this reduction to better awareness of the signs and symptoms. With strokes, prompt intervention by medical professionals can change the outcome considerably.
An apple a day to keep strokes at bay?
A stroke is when the blood flow to the brain is cut off and the brain cells start to die, this can lead to brain damage, disability and sometimes, death. Certain conditions increase the risk of having a stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heartbeats and diabetes. You can greatly decrease your chances of having a stroke by eating a healthy, balanced diet, taking regular exercise, following the recommended guidelines on alcohol intake and not smoking. Age is a factor too.
A third of the workforce at risk!
Whilst those over 70 are most at risk of strokes, those aged between 40 and 69 are the most likely to suffer from a first-time stroke. A recent report by The Guardian stated that workers over 50 account for 32% of the UK workforce, meaning that at the absolute least (allowing room for workers aged 40-49) 1 in 3 workers are at higher risk of having a stroke. With those workers spending approximately 25% of their time at work, there is a strong argument for ensuring there is a high level of stroke awareness within the workplace.
This is where FAST comes in, FAST is an acronym for Face, Arm, Speech and Time. This simple acronym has been developed to help people spot the signs and identify the need to call 999 for emergency services.
Has the face drooped on 1 side, can your colleague smile, does it look like either their eye or mouth has dropped?
Is there a weakness in one of their arms, can they lift their arms and then keep them there? If not, this is another sign.
Listen to their speech, is it slurred or garbled, or in some cases can the colleague talk at all? It may seem as though they cannot understand what you’re saying to them either.
Call 999 immediately if you see these symptoms, every minute matters.
CRAMS can help!
Ensuring all staff know the signs and what to do in the event of a colleague having a stroke could save lives. Did you know you could quickly disseminate this information with CRAMS? You could upload them as a policy for all to see, review and acknowledge, or you could simply put it up within the news module for general information for your staff to see. Either way, the information is then accessible by anyone, at any time, from anywhere, ensuring vital information is available when needed.
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Source: Stroke Association