Stroke Foundation partners with Cahoots Connects to launch F.A.S.T. action cards
Stroke Foundation has teamed up with a free shopping delivery service to ensure West Aussies know what to do should a stroke occur.
The foundation has joined forces with Cahoots Connects, an organisation that delivers shopping for free to those who struggle to fend for themselves, to distribute information cards to households.
The cards outline the F.A.S.T (face, arms, speech, time) signs of stroke, crucial in identifying if a person is experiencing a potentially life-threatening incident.
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“When a stroke occurs, it kills up to 1.9 million brain cells every minute, but access to early treatment can stop this damage,” Ms Collins said.
“Learning F.A.S.T. and calling triple zero at the first sign of stroke could save a life.
“We thank Cahoots Connects for standing with us on our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery by helping us deliver this life-saving message.”
The method works like this:
Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call triple zero (000) straight away.
Cahoots Connects currently operates in the Perth metro area, Mandurah and Bunbury with plans to expand to other regions in the coming months.
Cahoots Connects Chief Executive Officer Jess Karlsson said the organisation was proud to help boost awareness of the F.A.S.T. message.
“For more than 35 years, Cahoots has connected people in a way that enriches the lives of individuals, families and the community through supportive and inclusive opportunities,” Ms Karlsson said.
“Our collaboration with Stroke Foundation is no different. We are connecting the Western Australian community to valuable information that can save lives by including F.A.S.T. cards in our deliveries.
“If you receive a F.A.S.T. card, put it somewhere prominent in your home and share this important message with your family and friends.
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Australia.
More than 5000 strokes will be experienced in WA this year alone and almost 45,000 stroke survivors are living in the community.