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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