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What to Do in an Emergency?

Medical Emergency

After you have called 911, there are several things you can do until Emergency Responders arrive. These simple procedures will greatly aid the Emergency Responders and the patient they will treat.

  • Provide first aid to the best of your ability.
  • Use precautions to prevent exposure to bodily fluids.
  • If you determine that the patient is pulseless and non-breathing, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but only if you have been trained in this life saving technique.
  • Stay calm; do not get excited. This will reassure the patient that help is on the way.
  • Refrain from moving the patient unless it is absolutely necessary for safety reasons
  • Make the patient as comfortable as possible.
  • Gather all the medication that the patient may be taking. This will help Emergency Responders better determine the medical history of the patient.
  • Remember the time, this is very important. When was the last time you talked to the patient? How long has this medical condition existed? How long has the person been unconscious?
  • Meet the fire department and direct/lead them to the patient
  • Inform the patient’s supervisor
  • Inform the SLAC Occupational Health Center (Ext. 2281)

See also the Occupational Health Center's website on when to go to SLAC Medical.

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