Environmental Health & Safety

Medical Emergencies


March 2012

Emergency - Call Amherst College Police 

(413) 542-2111 

(Ambulance, Fire, Haz-Mat, Police)

 

 

 

 

 

ACEMS personnel are trained as medical first responders. Amherst Fire Department personnel are trained and certified Emergency Medical Technicians and will respond to medical emergencies on campus with ACEMS as needed. Any injury occurring as a result of an existing hazardous condition should be reported to Amherst College Police.

Illness or Injury to Students/Staff

During operational hours, students are eligible for care at the Umass Health Center.  An employee who suffers from a job related injury or disablement should immediately seek medical attention and notify their supervisor. An employee who is unable to work due to an injury arising out of and in the course of employment may be considered for worker’s compensation benefits. Contact Human Resources at 542-2372 for questions regarding workers compensation.

Illness or Injury to Visitors or Guests

Request emergency medical assistance by calling Amherst College Dispatch at 413-542-2111.

First Aid
  1. If a serious injury or illness occurs, call 413-542-2111. Give your name; describe the nature and severity of the medical problems, and the location of the victim.
  2. In case of minor injury or illness, provide first aid care.
  3. In case of serious injury or illness, trained personnel should quickly perform the following steps:
  • Call 413-542-2111
  • Keep victim still and comfortable. Do not move victim.
  • Ask victim, "Are you okay?" and "What is wrong?”
  • Check breathing and condition of victim.
  • Control serious bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound.
  • Provide assistance to the victim until help arrives.
  • Look for emergency medical ID. Question witnesses, and give all information to emergency response personnel.
Choking
  • Check victim's mouth and clear of foreign matter.
  • Use abdominal thrusts if trained to do so.
Fainting, Unconsciousness and Shock
  • Have the victim lie or sit down and rest.
Heart Attack
  • Place victim lying down on back.
  • Give resuscitation or CPR as necessary
Burns, Thermal and Chemical
  • Flood chemical burn with cool water.
  • Cover burn with dry bandage.
  • Keep victim comfortable.
Fractures and Sprains
  • Keep injured area immobile.
Severe Bleeding and Wounds
  • Apply direct pressure on wound (until help arrives) using a clean cloth or hand.
    • Note: Professional medical care should be sought after first aid is given.

Amherst Fire maintains an Advanced Life Support Transport Service. Medical emergencies should not be transported in personal or University vehicles. The ambulance is on call 24 hours a day.

Psychological Crisis

A psychological crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to himself or herself, or is agitated and disruptive.

  1. If a psychological crisis occurs, call 413-542-2111.
  2. For situations that do not involve a crisis, contact the Counseling Center
  3. After hours, students should call Amherst College Police.

Medical Emergencies


Emergency - Call Amherst College Police 

(413) 542-2111 

(Ambulance, Fire, Haz-Mat, Police)

 
 
 
 
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