Persons administering first aid must be aware of the possible life threatening effects of pathogens as a result of exposure to bodily fluids. Life saving techniques should be administered according to current Red Cross guidelines to avoid exposure to pathogens.
Do not attempt procedures or techniques beyond your abilities or training.
In the most common case of a minor injury or illness, provide first aid care only to the extent of your training (Red Cross First Aid, CPR, etc.).
With more serious injuries or illnesses, call 9-1-1 for assistance. For minor injuries or illness call University Police at 777-3491.
When the dispatcher answers be ready to give your name, describe the nature and severity of the injury or illness, and the location of the victim.
In the case of serious injury, trained personnel should quickly perform the following steps:
- Do not move the victim unless imminent danger exists (fire, structural damage, chemical spill, toxic fumes, explosion, etc.).
- Keep the victim still and comfortable.
- Ask the victim, "Are you okay? What is wrong?"
- Check breathing and give artificial respiration if necessary. (See Red Cross guidelines for exposure to pathogens.)
- Control bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound. (See Red Cross guidelines for exposure to pathogens.)
- Look for emergency medical ID on the victim.
- Question witnesses and be ready to give all information to the paramedics when they arrive.
- Stay with the victim until help arrives.
- Every office and department on campus should have persons trained in first aid and CPR. Training is available through the local American Red Cross.