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Medical Emergency

First Aid

In Emergency Call 911!

EXPOSURE TO BLOOD (or other potentially infectious material):

Take the following actions immediately, and then report the exposure on the proper Workers’ Compensation forms as soon as possible, but within the first 24 hours. See the section on INJURY REPORTING. Always report all exposures to blood to your supervisor immediately.

PERCUTANEOUS EXPOSURE:

If you are stuck with any sharp object that is contaminated with human blood or other potentially infectious material, wash the area thoroughly with water and soap. Proceed to a healthcare facility for care within 1 to 2 hours of the exposure.

SPLASH TO THE EYES, FACE, MUCOUS MEMBRANES, OR BROKEN SKIN:

Flush the area with water and proceed to a healthcare facility for care within 1 to 2 hours of the exposure.


HEAD /SPINE INJURY:

  1. Never move a person who may have a spine injury unless they are in life-threatening/immediate danger.
  2. All head or spine injuries can be very serious. Seek medical attention in all cases of head or spinal injury!

UNCONSCIOUS PERSON

  1. Check for breathing and pulse. Summon help.
  2. If you are trained, perform CPR if needed.
  3. Place the victim on his/her side, unless there is the possibility of falls or other injuries.

BLEEDING:

  1. For control of minimal bleeding, use disposable gloves and apply direct pressure using a clean, dry dressing. If the wound is still bleeding after 15 minutes of continuous pressure, seek medical help.
  2. For control of spurting blood, use disposable gloves, a gown, a mask, and protective eyewear and apply direct pressure using a clean, dry dressing. If blood soaks through the dressing, do not remove it. Apply another dressing on top of it.
  3. Watch for shock and seek medical attention as needed.

SHOCK:

  1. Make sure the victim is breathing. Summon help.
  2. Stop any life-threatening bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound.
  3. Lay the victim down and elevate the legs 6-8 inches.
  4. Cover the victim to keep warm.
  5. Continue to monitor the victim until help arrives.

SEIZURE/CONVULSION:

  1. Do not restrain the patient.
  2. Protect the patient during the seizure. Place the victim on his/her side and protect the head and limbs.
  3. Do not force anything into the mouth.
  4. Seek medical attention. Reassure the patient.

CLOSED FRACTURE:

  1. Do not move the victim unless there is a danger of fire, explosion or other life-threatening emergencies.
  2. Do not try to set a fracture or straighten an injured limb.
  3. Stabilize the injured area.
  4. Seek medical attention.

SMALL OBJECT IN EYE(S):

  1. Wash gently with normal saline or flush with water.
  2. Do not rub your eye(s) and seek medical attention.

ELECTRICAL INJURIES:

  1. Never touch the victim before turning off the power.
  2. Seek medical attention immediately.

DISLOCATION:

  1. Immobilize joint in the position found and do not attempt to straighten.
  2. Seek medical attention.

FROSTNIP/FROSTBITE:

  1. Remove jewelry if possible.
  2. Warm the affected area with lukewarm water (NEVER hot water) until thawing is complete, but no longer.
  3. Dry heat is not recommended.
  4. Do not rub the affected area.
  5. Seek medical attention, especially if blisters occur.

HEAT STRESS:

  1. Get the person into the shade or a cool area.
  2. Loosen restrictive clothing.
  3. Cool the person using cool water, do not use ice.
  4. Give sips of cool water to drink (but not ice water), only if the person is conscious.
  5. If Heat Stroke is suspected, seek medical attention immediately (this is a life-threatening condition).

THERMAL BURNS:

  1. Treat for shock as needed.
  2. Remove jewelry from the affected area if possible.
  3. Apply cool, NOT COLD, clean water or dressings.
  4. Protect from dirt and friction by applying the clean, dry dressing.
  5. Seek medical attention and watch for shock.
  6. DO NOT break blisters; apply oil, butter, grease, or burn ointment.

Injury Reporting

Slips, trips, and falls

Spilled liquids and wet floors are one of the major causes of slips, trips and falls. If you spill something, please clean it up immediately. If you discover a spill or wet floor and need assistance, please contact Facilities Management at 405-325-5433 (Academic buildings, non housing) or 405-405-325-4421 (housing). Report all other trip and fall hazards (malfunctioning elevators, holes in the sidewalk, loose carpet, etc.) to Facilities Management immediately.

RESPONDING TO INJURIES TO STUDENTS, VISITORS OR EMPLOYEES

If any situation appears to be a medical emergency, contact OU Police at 911 to get help immediately.

VISITORS/STUDENTS: If any visitor or student is injured, or if you see a visitor/student who is injured, do the following:

  1. Immediately report the incident to your supervisor.
  2. The OU employee reporting the incident - NOT the injured visitor - must fill out the following forms. Please read the instructions before completing these forms.
    “Standard Liability Incident Report”.
    “Scope of Employment” form.
  3. Send the original completed forms to Risk Management, NEL 112.
  4. Do not take documents, estimates, or other paperwork from the claimant. The claimant must contact the State of Oklahoma Risk Management Division in Oklahoma City at 405-521-4999.
  5. DO NOT suggest, recommend, or insist that the claimant go to a doctor, call an ambulance, or suggest that the State will pay for it.
  6. The reporting forms and detailed instructions are available at the Risk Management office, NEL 112. Alternatively, paperwork can be found on the web at: http://www.ou.edu/content/risk/insurance.html under “Insurance” then clock on “Forms and Documents”. If you have any questions about reporting an accident or injury involving a visitor or student, call 325-5433 or 325-2981.

EMPLOYEES: In the event of an accident involving injury or illness suffered on-the-job by any OU employee, the following procedures must be followed:

  1. If life-threatening, seek emergency medical treatment.
  2. Employees should obtain a “Workers’ Compensation Referral” form from their supervisor before seeking medical treatment, if possible.
  3. Employees must notify their immediate supervisor as quickly as possible of any on-the-job injury or illness. If not an emergency, the supervisor should be notified BEFORE the employee seeks medical treatment.
  4. The supervisor is responsible for recording and investigating the details of the incident.
  5. Forms and instruction for completing the paperwork can be obtained from Risk Management, NEL 112, or on the web at: http://www.ou.edu/content/risk/workers_comp.html under “Workers’ Compensation” then click on “Forms and Documents”. Call 405-325-0866 or 405-325-2981 for assistance.