The First 5 Minutes – Stroke

What you do in the First 5 Minutes in any First Aid situation is critical.

Would you know what to do in the first 5 minutes?








KNOW What To Do – in the first 5 minutes
What you do in the first 5 minutes can make all the difference.


There are over a 1,000 strokes a week in Australia.

It kills more men than prostate cancer and more women than breast cancer

1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.


What is it

A blood clot, or burst blood vessel stops blood flow to a part of the brain.
Without the supply of oxygen, that part of the brain quickly dies.
The body functions affected will depend on which part of the brain is damaged.

Stroke 4How to recognise it

• Weakness or paralysis, typically down one side of the body
• Feeling of numbness in the face, arm or leg
• Reduced level of consciousness
• Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
• Dizziness, a ringing in their ears or disturbed vision
• Loss of balance and confusion

KNOW What to do

A stroke is a medical emergency – CALL 000 and tell them ‘STROKE’
Be prepared to follow your DRSABCD

Stroke Flow Chart

Act F.A.S.T.

FAST is a quick way to tell if someone is having a stroke.

It stands for Face, Arms, Speech & Time as the infographic below explains.