Medical Emergency

If you experience a medical emergency (i.e: heart attacks, loss of consciousness, large loss of blood, serious accidents, or seizures):

  • Have someone call 911 immediately. Relay information such as building, room, address, and the nature of the emergency. Do NOT hang up with the 911 operator until you are released.
  • Search the area for any hazards that may have caused the emergency or could be hazardous to first responders. This could include downed power lines, chemicals, or motor vehicle traffic.
  • First aid or CPR should be given if a trained person is available.  This may include using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Send someone to wait outside the building to escort emergency medical personnel to the scene.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

These devices are deployed in many buildings across campus, UT police vehicles, and on the Ag campus. They are easy to use, although training in CPR/AED is strongly recommended. In the event of a medical emergency:

  • Call 911.
  • Render first aid or CPR.
  • Use this link http://web.utk.edu/~ehss/pdf/campusmap.pdf to locate AEDs in areas you frequent.
  • UTPD squad cars carry AEDs and are likely to be the first responder on the scene.
  • Send someone to wait outside the building to escort emergency medical personnel to the scene.

Additional information about the AED program can be found at: http://utk.edu/go/at

Avoid heat related medical emergencies by:  Avoiding extensive sun exposure and strenuous activities, drink plenty of water, and wear light colored, loose clothing.

Heat Exhaustion:  Symptoms are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; weak pulse; fainting; vomiting.

  • Lie the victim down in a cool, shady place.
  • Loosen clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths and fan the victim.
  • Move to an air conditioned place if possible.
  • Seek medical follow up.  If vomiting occurs, call 911.

Heat Stroke: Symptoms are high body temperature; red, hot, and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; possibly unconsciousness.

  • Call 911.  Sun stroke is a severe medical emergency and can be fatal.

While waiting:

  • Lie the victim down in a cool, shady place.
  • Try a cool bath or sponging to lower body temperature.
  • DO NOT give fluids.

 

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