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Treatment for stroke

If you or someone else experiences the signs of stroke, no matter how long they last, call triple zero (000) immediately.

Stroke is always a medical emergency. Getting fast treatment for stroke can be the difference between death, disability and a good recovery.

When you call triple zero (000), warn them it is a possible stroke when the ambulance is sent.

Treatment for stroke in the ambulance

A number of questions are asked while you wait for the paramedics to arrive. 

Here is emergency dialogue used in New South Wales, provided by the Ambulance Service of NSW. 

  • Are they completely awake? 
  • Are they breathing normally? 
  • Are they able to talk normally? 
  • Tell me why you think it’s a stroke
  • When was the last time they were acting normally?
  • Have they ever had a stroke before?

Post-dispatch instructions: “I’m organising the paramedics to help you. Stay on the line and I’ll tell you exactly what to do next”. 

Treatment for stroke in stroke units

Care on a stroke unit is one of the most effective ways of treating a person after a stroke. A stroke unit is an area in a hospital where there is a specialised stroke team. 

Unfortunately not all hospitals have a specialised stroke unit, so you may be treated in a general hospital ward.

When you get to hospital, they will give you tests to find out what sort of stroke you had.