If you suspect a stroke, think FASTER – that’s Face, Arm, Speech, Time & ER.
Face: ask the patient to smile – is one side of the face drooping?
Arm: ask the patient to lift both arms – is one hand drifting downwards/ can’t raise an arm?
Speech: ask the patient to speak or say something simple – is the speech slurring?
Time: if you observe any of these signs, call ER at 155218
In case of a stroke, the patient will present one or more of following symptoms
What should you do?
If you suspect a stroke in a family member or friend, rush the patient to the nearest hospital that’s equipped to handle such an emergency. Remember, stroke is a life-threatening brain attack. Waiting for symptoms to subside or delay medical care can prove fatal.
FASTER: 30-Minute Stroke Care
FASTER at Aster Medcity is a 24-hour, on-call hyper acute stroke unit that offers expert in-hospital diagnosis and treatment decision making of acute stroke within 30 minutes of arrival at the Emergency Room (ER). The FASTER Stroke Care Team will ensure that the patient is assessed, undergoes a head scan, scan interpretation and treatment decision of clot dissolving medicines or /and Mechanical Thrombectomy (direct clot extraction from the brain artery using stents etc. done in advanced Cath Lab) are made. Timely stroke evaluation – especially in the “golden hour” or first one hour of the attack followed immediately by appropriate treatment –will help minimise brain damage and improve clinical outcomes significantly.
FASTER also offers specialised care for TIA or Transient Ischemic Stroke – a condition wherein the patient presents stroke-like symptoms, but gets better by the time he or she gets to the hospital.
One of the only units of its kind in the region, FASTER is equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic/ therapeutic technology and clinical support including:
Philips 256 Slice iCT Scanner
3.0 Tesla Wide Bore MRI
Flat-panel Bi-Plane Vascular Hybrid Cath Lab
CLARITY Cath Lab
Dedicated ICCA (IntelliSpace Critical Care & Anaesthesia) Neuro ICUs
OR1 Karl Storz Fusion Integrated Neurosurgery Suites
You’ll have access to the most advanced technology, ranging from blood work to imaging services, ensuring a distinct advantage when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.
Of the 24 state-of-the-art operating theatres, 12 are already functional. The first totally integrated OTs in Kerala, these spacious theatres provide modern technology that facilitates collaborative work.