Sings of a Medical Emergency
which require immediate attention
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  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest, jaw, shoulder, arm, or abdominal pain or pressure
  • Sudden lack of coordination, numbness, weakness, or loss of balance on one or both sides
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements
  • Sudden blurred or limited vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
  • Bleeding not controlled by direct pressure

Identifying a Possible Stroke using STR

  • S - Ask the individual to SMILE
  • T - Ask the person to TALK (speak a simple sentence that is coherent (eg. It is sunny today)
  • R - Ask him or her to RAISE both arms
  • Finally, Ask the person to "stick" out their tongue. If the tongue is crooked, or if it goes to one side or the other, this too is an indication of a possible stroke.

Remember in Uganda, you do not call 911, you ARE 911

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