The more people who are trained to interpret the basic signs of stroke the better, as time is of the essence if the victim is going to receive the appropriate treatment and enjoy a better recovery prognosis.
One of the most commonly used methods for evaluating the extent of damage the stroke victim has suffered is the NIH Stroke Scale. This scale shows how the patient’s responses determine the extent of their stroke, and the question and answer system often proves invaluable in getting someone experiencing a stroke the right medical help as quickly as possible. Scores as low as one to four could indicate a mild stroke. The highest possible score is 42, which would be consistent with a profound stroke. The NIH stroke scale can be administered in less than 10 minutes in skilled hands. It provides an excellent baseline for stroke treatment assessment and can be used for prognosis.
Medical professionals and have been trained to recognize basic signs of stroke. However, even if you are not a medical professional, an understanding of the NIH Stroke Scale could make a positive contribution that could make all the difference to the stroke victim.
The three features of stroke are slurred speech, drooping of one outstretched arm, and drooping of one side of the face when attempting to smile. When one of these signs is present, it’s a fairly sensitive indicator of stroke. When all three are present, sensitivity for stroke is approximately 90 percent. However, when evaluating patients for inclusion in stroke protocols and prior to fibrinolytic stroke treatments, medical professionals use a slightly more sophisticated series of questions.
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