When to Call an Ambulance

Fox Hospital is located five minutes from campus. Call 911 for a life threatening emergency. University police, 436-3550, can also be contacted to dispatch Oneonta State Emergency Squad. They are on duty most nights and weekends and are staffed by NYS EMTs and first responders. They operate similarly as your local emergency squad. Ambulance transport to the local ER is done by Oneonta City Fire Department and will bill your medical insurance for emergency transport.

  • Feeling of suffocation.
  • Blue lips.
  • Severe wheezing not relieved by prescribed bronchodilator.
  • Inability to speak.
  • Breathing difficulties with a history of blood< clot of the lung or collapsed Lung.

Severe or as tightness/ pressure and accompanied by any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, jaw back or arms.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Dizziness or weakness.

Described as severe, persistent or rapidly increasing vomiting blood or dark material that looks like coffee grounds.

  • A knife wound a wound or cut that cannot be controlled with direct pressure.
  • Vomiting blood or a large amount of blood in stool.
  • With heart palpitations head injury or history of recent head injury.
  • Severe pain.
  • Loss of movement in arms or legs.
  • Confusion.
  • Difficulty speaking.
  • Ingestion or exposure to a substance you have had a severe reaction to in the past (use epipen if indicated).
  • Difficulty swallowing, feeling of swelling in the tongue or throat.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Suicidal thoughts with a plan and means to carry out the plan.
  • Intent to harm others.
  • Extensive burn which is white and painless.
  • Severe pain and extensive burn area is red and blistered.
  • Sudden severe pain, may be described as worst headache ever.
  • High fever and stiff neck.
  • Confusion and/or difficult to arouse.
  • Sudden onset weakness, numbness on one side of the body.
  • Inability to speak.
  • Bone is protruding through the skin.
  • Extremity is cold, blue and painful.
  • Penetrating stab/gunshot wound.
  • Severe neck injury.
  • Head injury with difficulty moving arms or legs or slurred speech.

All student information held at the Health and Wellness Center is strictly confidential, and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student. This includes inquiries from parents, private health care providers, professors, and other students. Students under 18 year of age must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health and Wellness Center, with the exception of emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.


Health and Wellness Center

Phone: (607) 436-3573

Fax: (607) 436-2074


Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30pm


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