Responding to a Medical Emergency
If someone requires emergency medical attention, call 911 and provide the following information:
- Your location
- The nature of the medical emergency
Remain on scene and stay on the line with the emergency dispatcher. They can provide you with direction on how to assist the individual.
To report a workplace injury, access the following form: https://ehs.utoronto.ca/report-an-incident/
Campus Police vehicles are equipped with first aid kits and Automated External Defibrillators. In the event of a medical emergency, contact them after you have called 911, or direct another person to call them while you call 911.
- Only approach a patient if you feel comfortable doing so.
- Be aware of what environmental conditions may have caused the person to become ill – don’t become the second patient.
- Look for a Medical Alert bracelet on the patient’s wrists.
- If there is someone else with you, send them to meet the emergency responders at the predetermined location.
Medical emergencies require immediate intervention from professionals. Getting the right type of help promptly can save someone’s life.
Here are a few examples of medical emergencies:
- An altered level of consciousness (unconscious, drowsy, confused, lethargic, etc.)
- Breathing problems
- Burns or inhalation injuries
- Chest pain
- Convulsions or seizures
- Diabetic issues
- Injuries to the neck or spine
- Severe allergic reactions
- Uncontrolled bleeding