Emergency Medical Service

Prevention and Education

Hot Weather Safety

Warning signs of dehydration or heatstroke:

Precautions:

Cold Weather Safety

Hypothermia

Warning Signs

What to Do

Frostbite

Warning Signs

What to Do

Stroke Alert Act F.A.S.T.

Warning Signs

Act Quickly to Limit Permanent Damage - Use the F.A.S.T. Approach

Face

Arms

Speech

Time

Effects of Stroke

The effects of a stroke depend on several factors, including the location of the obstruction and how much brain tissue is affected. However, because one side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body, a stroke affecting one side will result in neurological complications on the side of the body it affects.

Right Brain

If the stroke occurs in the right side of the brain, the left side of the body (and the right side of the face) will be affected, which could produce any or all of the following:

Left Brain

If the stroke occurs in the left side of the brain, the right side of the body will be affected, producing some or all of the following:

Risk factors you can control

Risk factors you can’t control

Heart Attack

Warning Signs

What to Do

Cardiac Arrest

Warning Signs

What to Do

Bike Helmets

Sedgwick County EMS Bike Medic fitting a young girl with a bicycle helmet.

A fall from a bike can be serious, especially if you hit your head. Wear a helmet to protect your head.

Step 1 - Size: Measure your head for approximate size. Try the helmet on to ensure it fits snuggly. While it is sitting flat on top of your head, make sure the helmet doesn’t rock side to side. Use sizing pads to ensure a proper fit.

Step 2 - Position: The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead—one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow.

Step 3 - Side Straps: Adjust the slider on both straps to form a “V” shape under, and slightly in front of, the ears. Lock the slider if possible.

Step 4 - Chin Strap: Buckle your chin strap in the center. Tighten the strap until it is snug, so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap.

Step 5 - Final Fitting: