Case Study: Negligent Stroke Victim
EMS was called by family members who were concerned for an elderly member of their family who has not left his house for the past couple of days. Upon arriving, the patient presented with all the classical symptoms of stroke: facial droop, arm drift, slurred speech, and agitation, but merely said that he was feeling under the weather and did not want to go to the hospital. EMT's had to show him a mirror in order to convince him that he was indeed having a stroke and to go to the hospital!
- Patient may be unaware of the stroke, and may even deny it.