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Medical Emergencies

Medical Emergencies
When an injury or illness occurs, evaluate the situation, if you feel it is an emergency notify campus police at 281-476-9128 or 5555 from a campus phone.  You may render emergency aid under the Texas Good Samaritan Act which states:
“A person who in good faith administers emergency care at the scene of an emergency or in a hospital is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act is willfully or wantonly negligent.”
Initial Actions - Check/Call/Care Info
  • Check the immediate scene for Hazards
  • Check on the Victim’s condition
  • Call or send another person for help
  • Care for the victim(s), most serious first
Cardiac Arrest, Heart Attack or Stroke
Signs and Symptoms
  • Unconscious, Unresponsive with no pulse
  • Chest pain, middle of chest and possibly in left arm & neck
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Weakness on one side of body
First Aid
  • Call Campus Police at 281-476-9128 or 5555 from a campus phone 
  • Check to see if patient is breathing
  • Check Pulse
  • If no pulse or breath, start CPR. Red Cross now recommends constant heart massage. No breaths.  Push hard, push fast. Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute
  • If an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator (AED) is available, turn it on and follow voice prompts.
  • If a Stroke is suspected, think F.A.S.T.
    • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    • Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence (such as, “The sky is blue.”). Is speech slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
    • Time: Try to determine when the signals began. Report the time of onset to EMS personnel
Signs & Symptoms
  • Uncontrolled muscle contractions caused by possible head injury, drug overdose, epilepsy, fever, acute infection
First Aid
  • Call Campus Police at 281-476-9128 or 5555 from a campus phone
  • Place patient on floor, make sure the immediate area around patient is free of objects/obstacles, DO NOT restrain
  • Try to help maintain open airway by supporting the person in side-lying position
  • DO NOT put anything in patient’s mouth, including your fingers
  • After Seizure, DO NOT try to awaken patient
  • Note time of onset and behavior during seizure, as well as time that seizure ends if emergency personnel have not arrived
Signs & Symptoms
  • Unable to talk or cry out
  • Victim clutches at throat
First Aid
  • Call Campus Police at 281-476-9128 or 5555 from a campus phone
  • If patient is coughing, do nothing but assist
  • If patient is unable to cough and airway is completely obstructed, use five (5) abdominal thrusts, pause and ask if patient is still choking. Repeat until airway is clear.
  • Wait for emergency personnel to arrive
Signs and Symptoms
  • External – uncontrolled bleeding
  • Internal – patient complaining of pain in stomach or chest. Patient is dizzy when standing, pulse rate fast, above 100
First Aid
  • Call Campus Police at 281-476-9128 or 5555 from a campus phone
  • External – Place direct pressure over the wound, keep wound as clean as possible
  • Elevate a bleeding extremity above the level of the heart. DO NOT apply a tourniquet
  • Internal – Lay patient down with feet raised, protect airway, keep patient calm