May is Stroke Awareness Month, and Little Company of Mary Hospital’s (LCMH) Stroke Care nursing team wants to remind community members about the importance of acting FAST when someone is exhibiting stroke signs and symptoms:
- F – FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A – ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S – SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Furthermore, it is important to note the time of the first symptom. This information is crucial and can affect treatment decisions.
LCMH received the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care.
“As a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission, our goal is to ensure patients receive the utmost quality of care,” said Katie Murray, MSN, RN, Stroke Unit Nurse Manager and Stroke Program Coordinator at LCMH. “Our dedicated medical staff is focused on assisting the patient and their family with an acute plan of care.”
Members of the community who have experienced a stroke or stroke symptoms are invited to attend Little Company of Mary’s Stroke Support Group, which meets quarterly on Tuesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. in The Cancer Center at LCMH. Each session will have a keynote speaker and provide an opportunity for individuals to gain support from others and hear valuable information. Refreshments will be served.
Upcoming 2016 Stroke Support Group Dates and Topics:
- June 21st: Physical and Occupational Therapy Needs
- September 20th: Speech and Communication Difficulties
- December 20th: Emotional Impact of Stroke
Please RVSP for you and one guest to 708.229.5412.