F.A.S.T is a simple test to determine if someone might be having a stroke:
FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward or not move?
SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Are they unable to speak?
TIME Time to call 911 if you see any one of these signs. Note the time symptoms started, or when the person was last known to be normal and tell the medics or hospital staff.
Find resources for stroke communication here:
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Stroke Month Toolkit | Be A Stroke Hero Flyer | 5 Things Every Stroke Hero Needs to Know | Strokes and Brain Health | Women Face Higher Risk of Stroke
Save the Date: Eastern Washington Prediabetes Summit May 20
Join health care professionals and care providers at this one-day summit in Spokane, WA, which includes continuing education credits. Hear from regional diabetes and prediabetes experts, Carol Wysham, MD, Brenda Montgomery, RD, CDE, and Heather Readhead, MD, and participate in breakout sessions with peers.
View the newly released screening and treatment pathway recommendations for adults to identify abnormal blood glucose.
Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report: Aligning Priorities
The 2014 Washington State Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report (PDF) is a legislative report written in response to Third Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5034 (July 2013). It is the result of a collaborative effort from the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and the Washington State Health Care Authority. Partners and stakeholders from the Diabetes Network also contributed to the report.
Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report: 2017 Update
A proviso in the 2015-2017 budget (ESSB 6052) directs the Department of Health to collaborate with the Health Care Authority and the Department of Social and Health Services to author an updated Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report due June 2017. Among other directives, the report shall include individual agency action plans and actionable items for the legislature’s consideration. Stay tuned for ways to get involved as a stakeholder in this report.