How can triage nurses spot a patient with posterior stroke?
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How can triage nurses spot a patient with posterior stroke?

Neal Scott Aplin Advanced clinical practitioner, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon, England

Posterior stroke can be difficult to spot, but nurses can use the BEFAST acronym to save lives

About 20% of ischaemic strokes in the UK affect the posterior circulation, however it can be more difficult to recognise compared to other stroke types and if not identified, a delayed or misdiagnosis could result in preventable death or disability (Merwick and Werring 2014).

Emergency Nurse. 32, 1, 19-19. doi: 10.7748/en.32.1.19.s9

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