CVA (Responder) Scenario

You are working as an ECA crew, called to a 63-year-old male who has experienced a sudden onset of dysphasia (an impairment of language or speech). His wife called and explained they were watching TV when she noticed her husband was acting a bit strange. When trying to ask if anything was wrong, the patient was trying to explain however the wife couldn’t understand and described it as ‘gibberish’.

Paramedic backup is available but due to reduced availability, is 40 minutes away. You arrive on scene, do a primary survey assessment, and quickly do a set of observations which are as follows: 86 HR, 20 RR, 98% Sp02, 172/96 BP, 37.0 Temp.