Stroke is the leading cause of disability in America. When stroke occurs, immediate action can prevent further damage to tissue. Children can play a vital role by recognizing the signs, and calling 911 immediately. Through Holland Hospital’s community outreach, staff members travel throughout the lakeshore to teach the next generation of the warning signs, and how they can help save a life. Click the video above to see Holland Hospital teaching children at the Boys and Girls Club in Holland.
The program is called BE FAST, an acronym for the following:
- B = Balance: Sudden loss of balance or coordination
- E = Eyes: Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
- F = Face: Sudden drooping of one side of the face
- A = Arms: Sudden weakness or numbness in one arm
- S = Speech: Sudden trouble speaking or confusion
- T = Time: Call 911 immediately if you notice any of these signs
Holland Hospital has been designated a Primary Stroke Center, one of a select number of hospitals nationwide that meet the rigorous standards needed for advanced stroke treatment. Click here for more information on the Holland Hospital Stroke Care.