The University of Iowa

Emergency Information

Medical Emergency

In case of a medical emergnecy:

  • For any medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • Remain calm.
  • Provide the operator / dispatcher with the following:
    • Who you are
    • Where the incident is occurring (address, building name, floor, and or room number)
    • What has happened (mechanism of injury or what led up the illness)
  • Stay on the phone with the operator / dispatcher; some are trained to provide the caller with emergency first aid procedures.
  • Have another person go outside to greet the emergency responders to lead them back to the person.
  • Stay with the patient.
  • Avoid moving an injured person (patient), unless the person is in immediate danger of further injury. The patient shall be moved as one unit with their spine / back in line.
  • Use “Universal Precautions” with every patient and / or avoid any contact with blood / bodily fluids.
  • Only persons properly trained in first aid and CPR should administer such aid, unless being directed by the 911 operator / dispatcher.