What’s Your Potential?

The internet is an amazing place! The mass of the world’s knowledge is shared freely for everyone. Unfortunately, the mass of the world’s lunacy is also open to continuing misinformation. For the Record, Dr. Wiki or Nurse Google have never attended medical school. Social Worker FaceBook has little actual experience.

When we find articles online, it’s best to take them with a grain of skepticism. Even the M & M adviser Snopes is nothing more than a husband and wife searching google to create their own digital form of Mythbusters.

Recently, my mother came across an interesting video and asked that I review it for accuracy. Now, I will admit, I am not the authority on everything. . . Don’t tell my kids.

It drives me crazy to see misinformation propagated because it may be right. I have seen many times that “The new F.A.S.T” mnemonic for stroke involves tongue deviation. The mnemonic actually stands for Facial droop, Arm drift, Slurred speech and Time of onset. Tongue deviation is too subjective and controllable to be a valid diagnostic test for stroke. The American Heart Association Stroke Advisory Board nor any other stroke research agency recognizes tongue deviation as a diagnostic sign of stroke.  I’ve published this before and had been admonished by “stroke” nurses that I am part of the misinformation machine that I’m currently writing against. The tongue is evaluated as part of intake, not to diagnose, but to determine the extent of an infarct. I challenge each of you to comment what is actually being assessed and why. If I get some responses, I’ll explain why they check tongue deviation on initial assessment.

(okay, in this case, she is definitely having a stroke)

The video that I was asked to review this time while sensationalized a bit, is pretty accurate. It discusses the ground potential of downed power lines. I suggest that everyone take the time to review the video, not only to learn what to do if involved in a crash with power lines but for your safety in approaching the scene to render aid.

The first lesson that we learn in prehospital medicine is “Scene Safety.” Please be sure to always check for downed power lines to ensure that you will continue to live up to your potential.

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