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Medical Emergencies

Medical emergencies can happen at anytime.

Campus Safety Services (CSS) responds to all medical emergencies on campus. Their role is to assess the emergency, render care if needed and determine what response is appropriate. CSS staff is trained in first aid and CPR/AED use. SCU EMS, comprised of student Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) may also respond to render care.

If the patient is experiencing any of the following symptoms CALL or TEXT 911 IMMEDIATELY:

  • Unconscious, or may have experienced momentary unconsciousness
  • Head injury
  • Bleeding profusely
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

When reporting medical emergencies be prepared to provide the patient’s location, illness/injury, and name, as well as your own name and callback number.

You should be prepared to brief the responding personnel about what you know about the patient, particularly their age. Also of interest to responding personnel is a patients pre-existing medical conditions, current medications, known allergies, what they’ve eaten that day, and if/how much drugs/alcohol they’ve consumed.

For cardiac-related emergencies, There a number of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) placed throughout campus. Proper AED use is part of the AHA Out-of-hospital Chain of Survival that can improve chances of survival and recovery for victims of cardiac arrest.

Santa Clara County L.I.F.E. File: Lifesaving Information For Emergencies

For University staff: County of Santa Clara Emergency Medical Services System Policy #915: Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) AED Use Notification FORM.