First Aid & CPR
Even if you are not an EMT, it can be beneficial to have general knowledge of first aid and CPR. Your skills in these areas could be extremely useful if you are ever in a situation that requires immediate medical attention.
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If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call SCU EMS or 911 immediately. Some common signs of alcohol poisoning include:
- Mental confusion
- Unconsciousness or difficulty rousing
- Slow breathing rate (fewer than 8 breaths per minute)
- Irregular breathing
- Low body temperature
- Bluish or pale skin color
If you see any of these symptoms or have reason to believe someone is severely intoxicated, do not wait to get them help. Also, do not let them “sleep it off.” They will become more dehydrated as they sleep and risk vomiting in their sleep.
Alcohol poisoning can lead to serious consequences such as:
- Choking on vomit
- Irregular or stopping of breathing
- Irregular or stopping of heart beat
- Permanent brain damage or death due to severe dehydration
Do not let someone go untreated if they are at risk for these severe consequences.
National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Conference
Every February the SCU EMS Leadership Team attends the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation conference on the East Coast. This is a conference that brings together EMTs from colleges and universities from around the nation. We attend lectures and demonstrations to continue learning new skills and techniques. This conference is a great opportunity that contributes greatly to the success of our squad.
Mass Casualty Incident Drill
Each year SCU EMS puts on a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill. An MCI is an incident that occurs where there are more patients than EMTs can adequately respond to. These incidents include events such as earthquakes, fires, bombings, bus crashes, etc. We develop a scenario and pick a location on campus for the event to occur. In order to make the situation as realistic as possible, the scenario and location are not disclosed to everyone on the squad with the exception of the Leadership Team up until the activation of the drill. Santa Clara students volunteer as patients in this drill and the Santa Clara County Fire Department and Santa Clara Police Department are on scene evaluating us as well.
This is a significant learning tool for our squad and an event that helps the team learn to work well together.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a patient or in watching the drill, please contact our Public Relations Officer.