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 5 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 5 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