Medical Emergencies

IN THE EVENT OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Call 911 for critical medical emergencies.

Do not move the victim unless there is an immediate threat to life or danger of further injury. If alcohol poisoning is suspected, keep the person awake.

In an emergency, use universal precautions (i.e., gloves and rescue masks).For all other medical emergencies:

  • Call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 or 5-5555 from a campus phone, to request assistance. Provide the following information:
    • Building name/number
    • Floor or room number
    • Nature of injury
    • Location of injured person
    • Age of injured person Sex of injured person
    • Current condition
    • Any known medical history
  • Render first aid if you are trained to do so.
  • Remain with the person with the medical emergency.
  • Remain with the individual until UICPD and the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) arrive.
  • Ask a bystander to remain in the lobby or entrance to direct emergency responders.
  • When UICPD or the CFD arrive, be sure to provide a description of the treatment you have provided to the individual.

The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends seeking immediate medical attention for the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or upper abdomen
  • Abnormal pain in the abdomen
  • Fainting or feeling dizzy or weak
  • ­Visual irregularities
  • Sudden or sharp pain
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Severe or ongoing vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Trouble speaking
  • Confusion or altered mental state
  • Feeling suicidal