Emergency! How a Family Can Help

  • If it is an emergency, get help.
  • Focus on what you realistically can do.
  • Reassure yourself you are doing your best

Why Minutes Count

The benefits of getting to a hospital quickly:

Brain cells die quickly after a stroke.

Clot busting medication, and other interventions provide greater chance of recovery must be given within certain time after stroke.

Every Stroke is different

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Calling Your Emergency Number

Get help by calling your emergency number, even if a family member wants to wait. Report possible stroke, or any other emergency condition. If you need a translator, ask immediately. Answer questions clearly to be understood. Do not hang up first: Wait for instructions

Waiting for Emergency Service

In an apartment house: Have someone hold the elevator for emergency personnel. A private house: At night, turn on outside light so address can be seen; if possible, have someone outside to direct rescue personnel.

Emergency Medical Identification

More than 120 million Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year. Wear a universally recognized emblem around the wrist or neck engraved with your personal medical conditions. Don't rely on carrying only a wallet card. emergency personnel don't have time or not allowed to search your purse or wallet. ( 800-ID-ALERT provides emergency medical information to any doctor who calls and, by giving your membership number, gets a list of your medications, medical condition from anywhere in the world.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Learning CPR is essential for a family after when there may be difficulty in swallowing. the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Ys, independent CPR-related training schools offer courses. For CPR- related information, call 1-877-AHA-4CPR or 1-877-242-4277