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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.


Alcohol Poisoning

If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call SCU EMS at (408) 554-4444 or call 911immediately. 

This is an extremely dangerous condition which can arise, unsurprisingly, from consuming too much alcohol in too short a time period and can lead to unconsciousness, loss of memory, and death. It should be treated as an immediate and potentially life threatening emergency. The most important thing to remember is to Call for help! You cannot afford to wait or guess. 


  • Slow, irregular, or absent breathing
  • Weak and irregular pulse (generally very slow or fast)
  • Loss of consciousness or sleep from which patient cannot be woken
  • Cold, clammy, pale, and/or bluish skin
  • Involuntary vomiting, urination, or defecation


  • Call CSS Emergency Phone at (408) 554-4444 Immediately! 


Influenza (Flu)

The Flu is a temporary viral disease which is often confused with the common cold. The symptoms are similar, but it is important to recognize the difference so that medical care can be sought if conditions worsen. Seasonal influenza rarely results in a life-threatening viral condition, but can result in serious dehydration if left untreated. It is important to remember also that the Flu virus changes from year to year - the most important thing you can do to avoid contraction and spread is receive your yearly Flu shot (offered at the Cowell SHC).

  • A persistent cough or sore throat
  • A runny nose or excessive mucus production
  • A fever above 100 degrees F
  • Chills/Nausea
  • Fatigue/Aches
  • Receiving yearly Influenza vaccines
  • Rest and proper hydration
  • Over-the-counter sore throat and cough medication (consult physician)
  • Immediate medical attention for serious symptoms (frequent vomitting or dizziness, etc.) or persistent illness - call SCU EMS Immediately!


Sprains, Strains, and Fractures (Athletic Trauma)

All of these injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating, and many require immediate medical treatment. If you suspect that you have seriously injured any muscle, bone, or joint in your body, or if you are experiencing persistent pain in any of these locations. seek medical attention or call SCU EMS.

  • Pain (very intense in the event of a fracture)
  • Difficulty moving muscle (Strain), joint (sprain), or extremity/bone (fracture)
  • Swelling, bruising (sprain), and cramping (strain)
  • Muscle spasms or muscle weakness (strain) 
  • Numbness and tingling (fracture)
  • Misshapen limb or bone area or displaced bones/joints (fracture)
  • For fractures: call for immediate medical attention, immobilize area of suspected fracture, and ice area of suspected fracture if possible without disrupting injury until medical personnel arrive
  • For sprains and strains: rest the injured area as much as possible and seek medical attention for information on wrapping, compressing, and immobilization. Ice the area for less than 20 minutes at a time.