Medical emergencies range in severity and may include: cardiac arrests, serious falls, signs of illness, exposures to hazardous materials, and more.
What to do if you witness a medical emergency
Make sure the area is safe
- Stay calm
- Identify any dangers and safeguard the scene. (for example, if someone has fallen in the parking lot, ask bystanders to wave any approaching vehicles away)
- If the area is unsafe, remain where you are and call 9-1-1
- Ask a bystander to first call 9-1-1 and then call First Aid
- If you are alone, make the call yourself
- Be prepared to provide your name, location on campus including building and room number and the nature of the emergency
Stay at the scene
- Remain with the patient until trained help arrives
- If you have first aid or medical training, care for the patient as you are able
- Assist emergency responders and provide any information they request
What to do if you need first aid for a minor injury
You may experience a minor injury while on campus –for example, a cut or an ankle sprain. Facilities personnel are trained to provide minor first aid.