Case 5: Vera

Paramedics arrive in Resus with Vera at 9.50am

ambulance arriving at Accident & Emergency (hospital)

The paramedics hand over the patient, reporting that they were called at 9.10am and arrived at 9.30.am. The ED team quickly assess Vera who appears unaware of her severe left hemiparesis. Although she can talk and remembers falling she cannot tell them when this happened.

Fortunately, Vera’s daughter arrives and can confirm that her mother must have been OK after waking because she had cooked her husband John his porridge.

Therefore, it was clear that the onset was probably between 8 and 9am and therefore thrombolysis and/or thrombectomy are treatment options. Her daughter is given written information re hyperacute care.