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Medical Emergencies

In the event of a medical immediately call the University Police Department at 688-5117 or 111 (from an on campus phone), or if residing off campus, call 911. When the dispatcher answers be ready to give your name, describe the nature and severity of the injury or illness, and the location of the victim. If you notice any jewelry with an inscription of medical information, bring it to the dispatcher's attention. Give appropriate first aid until medical personnel arrive and have someone escort personnel to the scene. Normally it is not advisable to move the victim until help arrives but the circumstances of the specific emergency will dictate the proper course of action. Do not attempt procedures or techniques beyond your abilities or training. In the most common case of a minor injury or illness, provide first aid care only to the extent of your training.

Bleeding

Press directly onto the wound with a sterile gauze, sanitary napkin, clean handkerchief, or bare hand. Maintain steady pressure for 5 to 15 minutes. If bleeding is from an arm or leg, elevate that limb until emergency personnel arrive.

Choking

Do nothing if the victim is moving air by coughing or gasping. If no air movement, apply four abdominal thrusts by grabbing the victim from behind with your hands over the "belly button" area; quickly squeeze in and up.

Seizure

Keep the victim warm and calm, with the legs slightly elevated, unitl emergency personnel arrive.

Shock

Keep the victim warm and calm, with legs slightly elevated until emergency personnel arrive.

Unconscious/Unresponsive

  • Check for breathing: If the victim is not breathing, initiate Rescue Breathing.
    • Gently tilt the head back to open the airway.
    • Watch the chest and listen for air from the mouth.
    • If not breathing, pinch the nose and give 2 slow, full breaths.
    • Breathe into the victims mouth once every 5 seconds until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Check for a pulse by gently pressing the side of the victim’s throat. If no pulse is detected and if and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available, open the AED and apply.
  • If you don’t know CPR, continue with Rescue Breathing