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First Aid basics: what to do if someone suffers a stroke

In this series of videos, we will learn the basics and fundamental practices of First Aid.

First Aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.

Here, St John Ambulance trainer Gemma Bignall teaches us the signs and symptoms to identify that someone has suffered a stroke, and goes over the actions to take until medical assistance arrives.

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

As we learn here, if we suspect someone is having a stroke, we use the F.A.S.T. guide to identify the key signs and take appropriate action:

F – facial weakness
A – arm weakness
S – speech problems
T – time to call 999/112 for emergency help

Learn more about strokes here.

St John Ambulance is a volunteer-led, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the teaching and practice of First Aid, and the support of the national emergency response system in England.

View the previous video in this series here.

View the original video here.

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