The information below offers advice on what to do if an individual is in need of medical attention and how to get trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and/or usage of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Note: This section is not meant to serve as a quick course in any of these life-saving procedures.
Before & During First Aid
The most important thing to remember in dealing with a medical emergency is that quick, proper action is critical. First aid has three main objectives:
- To save a life
- To prevent an injury or condition from worsening
- To relieve anxiety, pain, and discomfort
Before and during the application of any life-saving procedures like first aid, contact Paramedics or the Fire Department by dialing 911 or contact Campus Safety Services by dialing 408-554-4444 (or just 4444 from a campus phone). Be ready to provide the following information:
- Location of injured person
- Type of injury or problem
- The injured person's current condition
- The sequence of events leading to the emergency
- Medical history of the injured person (if known)
- Name of the injured person's doctor (if known)
- The phone number you are calling from
The person making the call should stay on the phone with the dispatcher and answer as many questions as possible regarding the condition of the injured person so that information can be transmitted to the responding medical personnel.
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
The American Red Cross offers both training classes and certification in first aid, CPR, and AED.
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