Stay calm. Assess the situation. Look for a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace on the person requiring help.
Have someone call Owens Public Safety at Ext. 7575. If you are alone, yell as loudly as possible for help. If you are unable to summon help, you have to call 7575 or 911 first, and then return and assist the person to the best of your ability (see below).
When calling Ext. 7575 or 9-1-1, give the operator as much information as possible, i.e. type of emergency, what help is needed, exact address, building name, room number, telephone number, information from Medic bracelet or necklace, and victim information. If close to an exterior door, give the operator the number listed on the door. Don't hang up until you are told to do so by the emergency operator.
If you call 9-1-1, as soon as possible, also contact Owens Public Safety.
Do not move the victim.
If the victim is unconscious:
- Check the victim for responsiveness. If there is no response, Call Owens Public Safety at Ext. 7575 and THEN return to the victim. In most locations, the emergency dispatcher can assist you with CPR instructions. (See CPR instructions on back)
If the victim is choking:
- Check to see if they are coughing and getting air.
- If the victim cannot speak or cough, and you think something maybe lodged in their throat, from behind, slip your arms around the victim's waist. Make a fist with one hand and grasp with the other hand. Place your fist right above the navel area. Press into the abdomen with quick upward thrust. Repeat until the object is removed or the victim starts breathing or coughing.
- If the victim is unconscienced or goes unconscious while attempting to dislodge the obstruction, start CPR after compressions check the mouth for any obstruction.
If the victim is bleeding:
- Use protective gloves or place some type of protective barrier between you and the bleeding victim.
- Apply direct pressure to the affected area.
- Remember to protect yourself from body fluids.