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First Aid Acronyms – FAST

Our mission is to provide as many people as possible with skills that can make a huge difference to their day to day lives. Whether it makes their jobs easier, keeps them safe, or allows them to help others. We believe that one of the most beneficial training courses you can attend is a First Aid Training Course. First aid is emergency care given immediately to an injured person. The purpose of first aid is to minimise injury and further illness or disability. The skills you learn on a first aid course could even help save someone’s life.

What Is FAST?

FAST is an acronym that has been put together to help people caring for those who are having a stroke. The stroke association say that “a stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, killing brain cells. Damage to the brain can affect how the body works. It can also change how you think and feel.”

There are a number of types of stroke, and a number of different factors that may cause a stroke. The outcome will differ depending on the severity of the damage to the brain. The effects on some people may be minor, and others may be left with very serious problems meaning that they are no longer able to look after themselves. In worse cases, a stroke can kill. This is why it is so important that people are able to recognise the signs and symptoms, so that they are able to act… FAST.


One sign of a stroke is facial weakness. Ask the casualty to smile. If they are only able to smile with one side of their mouth or one side of their face and eye is starting to droop, this could be a sign of stroke.


If the causality is unable to lift both arms this is also a sign of a stroke. They may have difficulty lifting one and it may become floppy and weak.


Ask the casualty to try and speak. If they cannot understand you, or are not able to speak as they normally would this is also a sign of a stroke.


If someone is experiencing any of the three symptoms above then it is time to call 999. You must act fast! The quicker someone having a stroke can be seen by medical professionals, the better.

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Interested in undertaking one of our First Aid Courses in Wirral? Call us today on 0151 343 0588 to learn more. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.