Clinical guidelines for identifying posterior CVAs

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Dear South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

Could you please provide me with any clinical guidelines, policies, procedures, protocols or similar that you have in place for the use by paramedics (including specialist/senior/advanced paramedics etc.) for the identification of posterior-circulation CVAs (strokes).

Further, could you provide me with any clinical guidelines, policies, procedures, protocols or similar that you have in place for the use by paramedics (including specialist/senior/advanced paramedics etc.) for the assessment and management of patients presenting with "vertigo" or "dizziness" as their primary symptom.

Yours faithfully,

Malcolm Macgregor

FOI, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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IREDALE, Gillian (SOUTH CENTRAL AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

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Hi,

Thank you for your email, I have attached a current copies of the HASU Clinical Pathway and Stroke Care Policy used by SCAS Staff, we do not have any specific clinical guidelines, policies, procedures, protocols for the identification of posterior-circulation CVAs (strokes) pre-hospital.

We do not have any specific guidance, protocols or directives on the management of vertigo/dizziness. These symptom examinations would be guided by patient presentation, full neurological examination and then action on continuing symptoms (presuming that no abnormalities were detected in FAST test).

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Gillian Iredale
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