Monday, April 1, 2013

When There is a Stroke

Date:  Apr 1, 2013

Last week, while I was in Taiping, I picked up this pamphlet from one of the Memorial hall.  It was quite informative.  Basically, it is teaching people how to rescue or help or save a stroke patient.

A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops.  A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack".

So, what it says is If you see some one is having a stroke or brain attack "脑中风".  That means the blood vessel some way on the way to brain has somewhat broken.  It is best "not to move" the patient.  Because, the more you move the patient, the more damage the blood vessel.  And it is from this article that it teach readers how to "release the blood" (放血).

1.  When stroke happen to a patient, his face hand, etc started to become numb.  So, in order to help him, you have to find the needle, either for injection, or for sewing, etc.  Use fire to heat it, and then started to poke (1 time) in all the finger, as showed in the picture.  And you have to press the blood out if there is no blood.  So, as said, within minutes, the patient will regain conscious. Note that the blood will come out a bit, not too much.

2.  IF the patient face started to get numb, and you can see that the mouth is not moving, and started to have funny shape.  It is time to release some blood in the head.  How to do it?  use the needle to poke at the ear (usually the place where you wear ear rings).  Poke two ears… And let the blood come out.  Like that, the patient face will likely to go back to normal.

3.  Only after you have done so, then, you can safely move the patient to the hospital.  So, it does make sense, as when you release the blood, although the blood is a little coming out from the fingers and ears, it release the pressure and that it has lesser chance to cause more damage to the blood vessel.  Otherwise, in most of the case, the numbness will stay for a long time.

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Having read this.  Although it does make sense, and I do see a lot of people don't know what to do.  So, the question is, having know this, if you see a patient having a stroke, will you do this as described?  Have you gotten the permission to do so, although you know it can help?  Because most of the time, once you done it and if it does not work, it may back fire at you.  :)

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But still it is a good article.  And I decided to put it on my blog.  So that next time I can reference to it.

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