Medical Emergencies

If the Emergency appears to be Life-Threatening

Examples: Altered mental status, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, inability to move, potential head, neck, or spinal injuries, large broken bones, uncontrollable bleeding, stroke, etc.

If unsure if it is life threatening treat as if it is.

  1. Call 911 immediately.
  2. Do not move the victim.
  3. Send someone to meet responding personnel at building entrance and guide them to the emergency location. If possible, one person should remain with the patient until EMS arrives.
  4. Provide First Aid to level to which you are trained, after obtaining consent from the person.
  5. If you suspect a heart attack, retrieve the nearest AED, open and follow the written and audio instructions.
    Note:
    • Every employee should have access to a first aid kit, each department is responsible to provide and maintain these kits.
    • CPR / First Aid training is available through the Public Safety Department for Employees
  6. After dialing 911:
    • Call Department of Public Safety.
    • Call College Risk Management,
    • Call the Center for Health and Counseling if during their hours of operation

      * See Emergency Telephone Numbers

If the medical emergency occurs at another college location or when Police Services cannot respond, get names of witnesses and information necessary for an accident report:

  • Name of injured person
  • Injured person's address and telephone number
  • Date and time of injury
  • Description of what happened
  • Brief summary of action taken
  • Names of any witnesses
  • Conditions at site of accident (wet/dry, lights on/off, apparent hazards or absence of such, etc.)

Report this information to Risk Management immediately. Follow up written information and accident reports may be sent via campus mail, using mail stop code RISK.

NOTE: Although seizures are normally not a life threatening medical emergency, College policy is to follow the procedures for life threatening emergencies UNLESS the individual responding has a specific, individualized medical protocol from the victim’s doctor outlining medical steps to be taken in the event of a seizure.

If the Emergency requires medical attention but appears not to be Life-Threatening

Examples: minor cuts, abrasions, sprains, etc.

  1. Provide First Aid to level to which you are trained after obtaining consent from the person.

    (Every employee should have access to a first aid kit, each department is responsible to provide and maintain these kits)

  2. Call the Department of Public Safety (DPS),
  3. Call the College Center for Health and Counseling if during their hours of operations.
  4. Call College Risk Management at 801-957-4041.

    * See Emergency Telephone Numbers

  5. Encourage the injured person to go to Center for Health and Counseling Medical Clinic if they are on the Taylorsville Redwood, South City or Jordan campuses during hours of operation. If they choose to go, please have someone accompany them to the medical clinic.
  6. If Police Services or Center for Health and Counseling personnel are not available to make a determination as to whether the injured person should be transport­ed to a medical facility, allow the injured person to make that determina­tion. Provide as much help and support as possible until transpor­tation arrange­ments have been made. (Do not volunteer to transport the injured person, as this would increase college and personal liability.)

NOTE: If the injured person chooses not to be transported to a medical facility and you disagree with that determination, you may insist that a trained person be called to the scene to assist in making the determination; then call 911.

If the emergency occurs on a satellite campus or when Police Services cannot respond, get names of witnesses and information necessary for accident report:

  • Name of injured person
  • Injured person's address and telephone number
  • Date and time of injury
  • Description of what happened
  • Brief summary of action taken
  • Names of any witnesses
  • Conditions at site of accident (wet/dry, lights on/off, apparent hazards or absence of such, etc.)

Report this information immediately to Risk Management Follow up written information and accident reports may be sent via campus mail, using mail stop code RISK.

If Accident or Injury appears to require no first aid or medical attention

Occasionally accidents will occur where individuals, including the accident victim, will assume that no injury has occurred and that no medical attention is required. However, symptoms may become evident later, and an accident report should still be filed with the Risk Management as soon as possible and always within 24 hours. If the accident victim is unwilling to provide his/her name and other information, please report time of day, incident location details and physical description of individual involved.

College employees are covered by Workers Compensation and immediate notification of injuries should be made to the Risk Management at the numbers identified above.