It is probably safe to say that “FAST – face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to get help” is one of the most important mnemotechnic verses. Since approximately 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, it is especially crucial to raise awareness of its signs. Patients do not always have a history of pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure or heart failure, or do not always meet the criteria for a stroke. They can be of every age and have any unremarkable medical history. Zosia, a 14-year-old student from Michigan, USA, is one of them.Her story shows that a rapid response from the surrounding community is critical to the outcome of the stroke: by restoring blood flow to the brain in a timely manner, Zosia can lead a normal life.
The statements by Siemens Healthineers customers described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer’s unique setting. Since there is no “typical” hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.