|Some of you may have heard or read recent advice that we should give aspirin for stokes casualties.
New research states that “Casualties who take aspirin during a minor stroke can reduce the chances of a recurrence by 80%”.
This is indeed a confusing subject for the First Aider, who should NOT give Aspirin to a casualty having a suspected stoke. This is what we teach on our first aid courses and will continue to do so. We will now try and clarify the current First Aid advice for the First Aider:
Firstly the advice they have been discussing on the TV news is for medical professionals and not First Aiders. First Aiders should NOT give an aspirin for a suspected stroke.
The research relates to using aspirin after a TIA (minor stroke) to help with long term medical care, and not to first aid casualties who are suffering from a suspected stroke. First Aiders should NOT give an aspirin for a suspected stroke.
Article about Stroke and Aspirin from the Stoke Association. https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/immediate-aspirin-after-tia-greatly-reduces-risk-major-stroke
A First Aider will still concentrate on rapid access to hospital for a suspected stoke casualty so that the person can receive professional care in a timely manner.
Use the FAST test below to help to see if your casualty is suffering from a suspected stroke.
A stroke is a medical emergency. If you, or someone else, show any signs of having a stroke you need to seek immediate medical attention.
It is also very important to try and ascertain the time that the casualty was last known to be OK. Or, when did the signs of stroke start? This really helps the emergency services and can impact the treatment of the casualty.