Cincinnati Stroke Scale

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The patient who has abnormal findings on any one of these three exam points may be experiencing an acute stroke.

Facial Droop

Normal: Both sides of face move equally well
Abnormal: One side of face does not move as well as other side

Arm Drift

Normal: Both arms move the same or both arms don't move at all.
Abnormal: One arm doesn't move or one arm drifts down compared to the other.

Speech

Normal: Patient says correct words without slurring
(Ask patient to say "The sky is blue in Cincinatti")
Abnormal: Patient slurs words, says wrong words or is unable to speak.
Last Updated ( Friday, 13 March 2009 13:12 )