Medical Emergencies

DON’T SECOND GUESS ALWAYS CALL 911 !!

If you suspect a head or spinal injury, Do Not Move the victim unless there is an immediate life threatening emergency.

TO START RESCUE BREATHING: (VICTIM IS NOT BREATHING BUT HAS A PULSE.)

  1. Call 911, then x3357.
  2. With victim’s head tilted back and chin lifted, pinch the nose shut.
  3. Give two slow breaths. Breathe into victim until chest gently rises.
  4. Check for a pulse (on neck).
  5. If there is a pulse but victim is still not breathing, give one slow breath every 5 seconds (12 times).
  6. Re-check pulse and breathing every minute. Continue rescue breathing as long as victim is not breathing, or until medical assistance arrives.

TO GIVE CPR: (VICTIM IS NOT BREATHING AND HAS NO PULSE.)

  1. Call x3357 and then 911.
  2. Find the notch where the lower ribs meet the breastbone. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone. Place your other hand on top of the first.
  3. Position your shoulders over your hands. Compress 15 times using a smooth, even rhythm.
  4. Give 2 slow breaths (see above for details).
  5. Do three more sets of 15 compressions and 2 breaths.
  6. Re-check pulse and breathing for about 5 seconds.
  7. If there is no pulse, continue sets of 15 compressions and 2 breaths.
  8. Continue until medical assistance arrives, or until victim starts breathing and has a pulse.

TO STOP BLEEDING:

  1. Apply pressure directly onto the wound with a sterile gauze, clean handkerchief or base hand.
  2. Maintain a steady pressure for five or ten minutes.
  3. If victim is bleeding from and arm or a leg, elevate it.
  4. Stay with victim until help arrives.

BURNS AND CHEMICAL BURNS:

  1. Remove the victim from the source of the burn only if it is safe to do so. If a chemical is involved, wear gloves or other protective gear.
  2. Cool the burn by flushing it with large amounts of water. Use water close to room temperature. For chemical burns, also remove any contaminated clothing.
  3. Loosely cove the burn with a dry clean or sterile dressing.
  4. For electrical burns, make sure the power source is off before making contact with the victim. If victim is unconscious, do not move unless there is an immediate danger. Loosely cover the burns with a dry clean or sterile dressing.

ABDOMINAL THRUSTS FOR CHOKING VICTIM:

  1. Get behind the victim. Wrap your arms around the person’s waist, just above their navel.
  2. Clasp your hands together in a double fist. PRESS IN AND UP IN QUICK THRUSTS.
  3. Be careful not to exert pressure against the victim’s rib cage.
  4. Repeat procedure until choking stops.

All college personnel are encouraged to learn first aide and CPR.
Call Safety & Security at x3357 for more information.