So apparently, stroke victims are their own worst enemies. In a recent study, nearly 1/3 of them don’t call an ambulance when they should to get rapid treatment. Many think the symptoms will clear on their own or don’t want to be a “bother” to their caregivers and family. Either way, this is a big problem and one that we need to work on through education and outreach to our community.
Stroke Association Provides Resources
The American Stroke Association at Stroke.org has some excellent materials for you to use in presentations and press releases in your area. Make sure you take a few extra minutes in your CPR classes to cover Stroke. It’s in their, but many instructors just gloss over it in favor of the “sexier” cardiac arrest training.
I urge you to visit Stroke.org and check out the resources they have there. From video and audio public service announcements for your local radio and TV stations to downloadable powerpoint presentations you can use to give a Stroke talk in your area, all of you can be doing something for stroke awareness. They even provide you with step by step instructions on how to host an event and invite people to attend it.
Get out there and do something. It’s May and that makes it stroke awareness month, after all, so do something to educate on stroke now.
Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode – Leadership Improves EMS Resuscitation and MedicCast Episode 335.