Medical Emergency, Serious Injury or Overdose

In the event of a medical emergency:

  • Call University Police/Oneonta State Emergency Squad at 607-436-3550 or 911.
  • Provide as much information about the individual as possible to the dispatcher, including:
    • Age (approximate if unknown).
    • Gender.
    • Illness or injury circumstances (if known).
    • Level of consciousness (alert, confused, unresponsive, etc.).
    • Interventions performed (e.g., CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator [AED]).
  • Remain with the individual until emergency responders arrive.
  • Ask a bystander to stay in the lobby or building entrance to direct emergency responders.
  • If you are trained in CPR/AED and/or first aid, begin treatment of any life-threatening injuries or conditions while waiting for emergency medical services (EMS) to arrive.
    • When EMS personnel arrive, describe the treatment you have provided.

The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends seeking immediate medical attention for:

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or upper abdomen.
  • Abnormal pain in the abdomen.
  • Fainting or feeling weak.
  • Visual irregularities.
  • Sudden or sharp pain.
  • Bleeding that won’t stop.
  • Severe or ongoing vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood.
  • Trouble speaking.
  • Confusion or altered mental state.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

This preparedness guide for students, faculty, staff and visitors has been provided to you by SUNY Oneonta. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with how SUNY Oneonta plans for emergencies, and to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response. This guide is based on presently available information, as well as current federal- and state-recommended protective actions. In every situation, common sense and awareness of personal safety should take precedence over any action described in this guide.

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