Hospital and Telephone Triage

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Debrief - Unknown condition - Possible stroke

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Assessment of Neurological Symptoms: CVA or TIA?

Patient Presentation

Initial Symptoms: Patient presented with vague symptoms upon waking up, making diagnosis challenging.

Generalised Assessment: It's crucial to ask about general health, chest pain, and shortness of breath to rule out other conditions.

Neurological Examination Findings

Left-sided Weakness: Examination revealed weakness in the left upper and lower limbs, along with facial symptoms.

FAST Positive: Patient demonstrated signs of Face, Arm, Speech, Time (FAST) positive, indicating a potential CVA (Stroke) or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack).

Emergency Response

Immediate Referral: Patient to be expedited to A&E for urgent evaluation and potential imaging, ensuring treatment within the critical time window.

Time-sensitive Treatment: It's essential to act promptly, as treatment for Ischemic stroke is most effective within 3 1/2 hours of symptom onset. Verify local treatment protocols and guidelines.