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Medical Emergency Procedures

Purpose: To ensure prompt treatment of any sudden illness or accident.


  1. In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency:
    1. Obtain the aid of any department personnel, the clinic instructor, other interns.
    2. Keep calm and keep the person lying down.
    3. Establish the need for First Aid and administer to the degree you are qualified.
    4. Establish the need and begin CPR.
      • If you are not qualified in CPR, ask for assistance. One faculty/staff with current CPR certification will be available in the Clinic at all times of patient care.
      • If you are trained in the use of an AED, a device is available near the entrance to the Chester Park Building.
    5. Other staff and students are to assist with the following:
      • Check the Client Enrollment Form in the client's chart or the Emergency Binder.
      • Call an ambulance at 911. Specify 31 West College Street, Chester Park Building, as the entrance to the Clinic. Give the following information to the emergency dispatcher, staying on the line until the dispatcher says it is permissible to hang up:
        • Injured person ´s name
        • Age
        • Any known medical conditions
        • Current condition, pulse, breathing, skin color, bleeding
        • Present location and phone number
        • Other information requested by the emergency dispatcher
      • Contact the emergency contact person listed in the client´s chart (Client Enrollment Form). If the person is not a client, contact their family if possible.
    6. Immediately after the person is transferred, meet with the Clinic Director and fill out an Injury Report, located through the UMD web site.
  2. In the event of a non-life-threatening situation:
    1. Advise clinic instructor and ask for assistance.
    2. Initiate First Aid using items available from the kit located in the clinic office.
    3. Call ambulance as necessary. Dial 911. See above.
    4. Contact the emergency contact person listed in the client´s fill on the Client Enrollment Form as necessary. If the injured person is not a client, ask the person whom they would like you to contact.
    5. Immediately after the incident, meet with the Clinic Director and fill out an Injury Report, located through the UMD web site.

Responding to Siezures

Clients at the RFP Clinic may have a history of seizures or may have a medical history which increases their risk of having a seizure. In addition to responding to the medical emergency as outlined in Subsection V, the following precautions are recommended by UMD Health Services (August 2005):

What to do if a person has a seizure:

Look for medical information identifying a seizure disorder or epilepsy.
Protect the person from nearby hazards.
Loosen tie or shirt collar and take off glasses.
Place a folded jacket or pillow under the person´s head.
Turn the person on their side to keep airway clear.
Reassure the person when consciousness returns.
If the person has no history of a seizure disorder, recommend medical assessment.
If a single seizure lasts less than 5 minutes, ask if a hospital evaluation is wanted.
If multiple seizures or if one seizure lasts 5 minutes or more, call an ambulance.
If the person is pregnant, injured, or diabetic, call 911 at once.
What NOT to do:

Do not put anything in the person´s mouth.
Do not try to hold the person´s tongue; it cannot be swallowed.
Do not try to give liquids during or just after a seizure.
Do not use rescue breathing unless breathing is absent after seizure activity subsides.
Do not restrain the person.
For further information, please visit the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Web site. There you will find resources such as the Siezure Recognition and Response Guide.


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