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First Aid

First aid is any emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be administered. Although some aspects of first aid require training, such as CPR, most first aid can be administered by a lay person using common sense and minimal equipment for minor injuries.

Three main goals of first aid:
  • Preserve life.
  • Prevent further injury.
  • Promote recovery.
The goals are met in the following ways:
  • Preventing heavy blood loss.
  • Maintaining breathing.
  • Preventing shock.
  • Getting the victim to a physician or emergency medical service (EMS).
People who provide first aid must remember the following:
  • Avoid panic.
  • Inspire confidence.
  • Do only what is necessary until professional help is obtained.
Remember, the first step in any serious emergency is to dial 911. Emergency medical dispatchers will give basic first aid instructions over the phone while the ambulance is on its way.
Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. You can be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive. 
"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide program that empowers the general public to take action to stop life threatening bleeding by providing access to tourniquets and other bleeding control equipment. 
The EVAC+CHAIR is a stair chair solution that permits the safe egress of mobility impaired persons from a building in the event of an emergency or evacuation where the elevators are not available for use. Whether it's a fire, tornado or even a minor power outage, it's not safe to use an elevator when conditions are critical. 

EVAC+CHAIRS are secured in the following locations
  • Beebe | Science Building | Second floor interior stairwell
  • Beebe | Dr. Eugene McKay Student Center | Second flood main stairwell
  • Heber Springs | Second floor main stairwell
Call for Help for experience any of the following symptoms
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Chest Pain
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrolled Bleeding
Do NOT overreact. Most medical situations can be handled on site or by private transportation to seek medical care. Do not hesitate to call an ambulance if the medical condition requires immediate medical attention.

Remember to

  • Stay calm.
  • Tell the dispatcher your location.
  • Answer questions by the dispatcher.
  • Do NOT hang up until told by the dispatcher.
  • Follow all directions given.
Additional help may be available from these departments
If an ambulance is needed:
  • Call 911.
  • Be ready to provide dispatcher with the location of emergency, type of injury, if known, and brief description of injured person (gender, age, etc.).
  • Render first aid, as trained.
  • Make injured as comfortable as possible.
  • Complete the appropriate injury reporting form if the incident involves a faculty or staff member .
If an ambulance is NOT needed:
  • Render first aid, as trained.
  • Assist with transportation of an employee to their personal physician or coordinate with Student Life if it is a student, if appropriate.
  • Complete the appropriate injury reporting form if the incident involves a faculty or staff member.
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