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Medical Emergency

All College personnel are encouraged to learn first aid and CPR.

ALWAYS error on the side of caution… in order to help someone, you must:

REMAIN CALM and CALL FOR HELP

If you are on campus, call 911, then contact College switchboard at “0″ or 86700 Glenns or 36700 Warsaw.
If you are off campus, call 911.

ALWAYS stay on the phone until the person answering the call ends the conversation.

If you suspect a head or spinal injury, DO NOT MOVE the victim unless there is an immediate life-threatening emergency. Keep the injured person warm.

To start rescue breathing ( if victim is not breathing, but has a pulse):

• With victim’s head tilted back and chin lifted, pinch the nose shut.
• Give two slow breaths (each one second). Breathe into victim until chest gently rises.
• Check for a pulse (on neck).
• If there is a pulse but victim is still not breathing, give one slow breath every 5-6 seconds (12 breaths per minute).
• Re-check pulse and breathing every minute. Continue rescue breathing as long as victim is not breathing or until medical assistance arrives.

To give CPR (if victim is not breathing AND has no pulse) and/or use Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.)

• Find the notch where the lower ribs meet the breastbone. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone. Place your other hand on top of the first.
• Position your shoulders over your hands. Compress 30 times using a smooth, even rhythm.
• Give 2 slow breaths (see above for details).
• Do four more sets of 30 compressions and 2 breaths.
• Recheck pulse and breathing for 5-6 seconds.
• If there is no pulse, continue sets of 30 compressions and 2 breaths.
• Continue until medical assistance arrives or until victim starts breathing and has a pulse.

  • An A.E.D. is located in the main academic building at the reception desk. The A.E.D. is designed to be operated by an untrained layperson. Follow the directions on the device.

To stop bleeding:

• Apply pressure directly onto the wound with sterile gauze, clean handkerchief, or bare hand. (Try to locate a moisture barrier, such as a plastic bag, to protect yourself from fluid contamination).
• Maintain steady pressure for five or ten minutes.
• If victim is bleeding from an arm or a leg, elevate it.
• Stay with victim until help arrives.

Burn Treatment:

• Remove the victim from the source of the burn only if it is safe for you to do so. If a chemical is involved, wear gloves or other protective gear.
• Cool the burn by flushing with large amounts of water. Use water close to room temperature. For chemical burns, also remove any contaminated clothing.
• Loosely cover the burn with a dry clean or sterile dressing.
• For electrical burns, make sure the power source is off before making contact with the victim. If victim is unconscious, do not move unless there is an immediate danger. Loosely cover the burns with a dry clean or sterile dressing.

Choking Person:

• Get behind the victim. Wrap your arms around the person’s waist, just above their navel.
• Clasp your hands together in a double fist. PRESS IN AND UP IN QUICK THRUSTS.
• Be careful not to exert pressure against the victim’s rib cage.
• Repeat procedure until choking stops or victim becomes unconscious.
• If victim becomes unconscious, perform steps of CPR (see above) while checking victim’s mouth for the object. If object is visible, insert one finger into victim’s mouth and remove the object.

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