Medical emergency

The first response to a medical emergency is the most important. Often times, first aid given at the scene can improve the victim’s chances of survival and a good recovery.

  • If you require an ambulance call 911.
    • Give the dispatcher the following information:
      • Nature of injury.
      • Location of injured person.
      • Special hazards in the area.
      • Name of the injured party if available.
      • Your name and phone number.
      • Do not hang up until the dispatcher releases you.

Render assistance to others, only if you can do so safely, have been trained in first aid, and can utilize the proper personal protective equipment.

  • The first response to an accident is the most important — know what to do.
  • Do not move an injured person unless they are in immediate danger.
  • Keep a shock victim covered to reduce heat loss.
  • Try to stop bleeding by applying pressure to the wound.
  • If possible meet the ambulance or have someone meet the ambulance and guide the responders to the injured person.

Automatic Emergency Defibrillators
There are public Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AED) located in various buildings on campus. AEDs are identified by and contained in a white box with a blue label. More information about UMaine’s AED program is online.

Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Bulletin #2325