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A medical emergency is an injury or illness that poses an immediate threat to a person's health or life and which requires medical intervention by a doctor or hospital. The proper way to handle a medical emergency is to activate the emergency medical services system by calling 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 for life-threatening conditions that require immediate hospital care. The 9-1-1 operator will usually request the caller's name and location and will need to know information about the person or people at risk, such as level of consciousness, injuries, name (if known), and any known chronic illnesses or medical conditions.
Please note that you do not have to dial 9 first to get an outside line when calling 9-1-1. Dialing 9 before 9-1-1 may actually delay your connection with the emergency operator.
If you are at the scene of a medical emergency:
Life-threatening conditions require immediate care. Call 9-1-1 when you or someone else has any of the following conditions:
Do not hang up before the dispatcher. The EMS dispatcher may have further questions and may provide first aid instructions over the phone until aid arrives.
See your Emergency Guide for more information and basic first aid procedures.
A serious injury or illness which requires treatment beyond first aid (e.g., stitches, stabilizing a fracture), but for which there is time to get to a hospital or emergency room without risk to the affected person, does not require a 9-1-1 call. An ambulance is not necessary in such cases. The injured or ill worker should proceed to or be taken to the emergency room of his or her choice.
A minor illness or injury may be treated by an EH&S occupational health nurse or may be self-treated using minor first aid. You should be aware of the individuals in your group who have completed first aid training, and of the location of the first aid kit in your work area.
The EH&S Occupational Health Clinic is located in the Yale Bldg on the third floor at J3-121. It is equipped to handle minor injuries or illnesses. Call EH&S to ensure that a nurse is available to assist you.
If you are unsure about what to do, call 9-1-1.