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

Alcohol Emergency

  • Communicate with person your concern for their safety
  • Call for emergency assistance (police, EMT); if on campus call 2111 or 9-911 or off campus call 911
  • Do not permit the person to go to sleep without someone to watch them until emergency workers arrive
  • Do not permit person to leave, or walk alone
  • Do not permit person to drive - take keys if possible
  • Time is a factor, obtain assistance from police as soon as possible
Last Updated 3/4/20