- Do not move a seriously injured person unless there is a life threatening situation.
- Call Public Safety at extension 4444 or (610) 519-4444.
- Give your name, location, and telephone number.
- Give as much information as possible regarding the nature of the injury or illness, whether or not the victim is conscious, etc.
- Do not hang up until directed to do so by the emergency operator.
- Return to the victim; administer first aid, if you know how; and keep the victim as calm and comfortable as possible. Remain with the victim.
- A Public Safety Officer will respond immediately to the scene and will summon additional medical personnel if necessary.
For less serious medical issues, students may contact the University Health Center by calling (610) 519-4070.
Handling Alcohol Emergencies
A potentially dangerous situation exists whenever an individual consumes too much alcohol. A high blood alcohol concentration level can result in bizarre, unpredictable behavior, unconsciousness or death. The degree of danger depends on the person's size, what and how much the person drank, over what time period, if the person took drugs in addition to alcohol, and other circumstances.
Call the Department of Public Safety at x4444 or (610) 519-4444 to get help immediately if the person:
- Cannot be roused by shaking or shouting.
- Has shallow or irregular breathing or if the rate is less than 12 breaths per minute.
- Drank alcohol in combination with a sedative or tranquilizer.
- Sustained a blow to the head or any injury that caused bleeding.
- Has cold, clammy and/or blush skin.
- Drank a large quantity.
- Is disoriented, incoherent, or has collapsed.
If a person has passed out due to excessive alcohol use:
- Do not leave the person alone!
- Check regularly for breathing and consciousness.
- Make sure the person is lying on his/her side, with knees bent, to help prevent choking in the event vomiting occurs.
- Get immediate help if a person vomits and has difficulty expelling the vomit or gags on it.
If you are not sure what to do, call for CALL the Department of Public Safety at x4444 or (610) 519-4444.