Medical Emergencies

  • Providing Aid: Initial Response

    Check the scene for safety. Check the victim for consciousness.

    1. Checking the unconscious victim:
      • Tap and shout to see if the person responds.
      • If no response, have someone call for an ambulance.
      • Look, listen, and feel for breathing for about five seconds.
      • If no breathing, position victim on back while supporting head and neck.
      • Tilt head back and lift chin.
      • Look, listen, and feel for breathing for about five seconds.
      • Check for severe bleeding.
      • Care for life-threatening conditions if you have the proper training.
    2. If the victim is conscious:
      • Watch for changes in breathing and consciousness.
      • Help the victim rest comfortably.
      • Keep the victim from getting chilled or overheated.
      • Reassure the victim.
      • Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury.

    When to Call an Ambulance

    Call 911 and notify the university police if the victim:

    • Is unconscious
    • Has trouble breathing
    • Has a chest pain or pressure
    • Is bleeding severely
    • Has pressure or pain in the abdomen that does not go away
    • Is vomiting or passing blood
    • Has repeated seizures or a seizure that lasts for more than a few minutes
    • Has a severe headache or slurred speech
    • Appears to have been poisoned
    • Has injuries to the head, neck, or back
    • Has possible broken bones