Eastern Michigan University

Environmental Health & Safety

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  • For assistance call 734.487.0799

Medical Emergencies

  • First-Aid and CPR training is available through University Health Services and various resources within the community.

  • Departments conducting field activities or having off site locations must determine how medical emergencies will be handled. If field work is being conducted, this planning must include arrangements for contacting emergency medical personnel.

Life Threatening Injuries

  1. Call 911 immediately for any serious injury or illness occurring on campus. Do not hang up until released by the emergency operator.
  2. Have the person calling 911 physically with the victim at the time the call is made if at all possible. Be sure that the following information is provided to the dispatcher:
    • The age and gender of the victim. If you are unsure of the victim’s age, estimate.
    • The location of the victim.
    • The nature of the medical emergency and whether or not the victim is conscious and breathing.
    • Any other pertinent information, such as events leading up to the emergency or known past medical history of the victim.
  3. Call EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 to inform them of the emergency. Officers will respond and/or guide the EMS personnel to the victim.
  4. Keep the victim still and comfortable until help arrives. Do not move the victim.
  5. Do not take seriously ill or injured persons to University Health Services at Snow Health Center.
  6. Only trained personnel should provide first aid or CPR. If you begin CPR, you must continue care up to your level of training and stay with the victim until medical assistance arrives.
  7. The EMU police officers carry Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in patrol cars. AED’s are also located in various locations on campus (See Building Emergency Plan for locations). Do not use an AED unless you have been trained and certified.
  8. Upon arrival of the emergency medical unit, remain and provide any specific information about the victim and the condition that you are aware of.

    Closest urgent care facility

    St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

    5301 McAuley Drive

    Ypsilanti, MI 48197



    A seizure is a brief, temporary disturbance of the brain's electrical system. A seizure can last a few seconds to a few minutes. About 60 percent of people with epilepsy have one of the different types of partial seizures. In a simple partial seizure, the person remains conscious but may have unusual feelings or sensations. In a complex partial seizure, the person may have a change in or loss of consciousness.

    First Signs And Symptoms

    In cases of severe seizures, any or all of the following may be present:

    1. Sudden loss of consciousness with person falling to the ground.
    2. The person may report bright light, bright colors or a sensation of strong odor prior to losing consciousness.
    3. Brief but frequent episodes of blank staring.
    4. The person may begin experiencing convulsions, jerking motions over all parts of the body.
    5. Breathing will be labored and there may be frothing at the mouth.
    6. After convulsions, the person’s body may stiffen.
    7. Dazed, almost trance-like behavior during which consciousness is suspended and memory does not function.
    8. When the person becomes conscious, he/she may be very tired and confused.
    9. The person may complain of a headache.

    Convulsive Seizures

    1. EMU Public Safety is to be called in case a person on campus has a seizure with convulsions. Call 911 or 734.487.1222 and provide information on:

    • The location of the incident
    • General description of the seizure situation
    • Your name and contact information

    2. Speak calmly and reassuringly.

    3. Don't hold the person down or try to stop his/her movements.

    4. Time the seizure with your watch.

    5. Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.

    6. Look for medical information bracelet or necklace stating “epilepsy” or “seizure disorder”

    7. Loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make breathing difficult.

    8. Put something flat and soft, like a folded jacket, under the head.

    9. Turn him or her gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear.

    10. Do not try to force the mouth open with any hard implement or with fingers. A person having a seizure CANNOT swallow their tongue. Efforts to hold the tongue down can injure teeth or jaw.

    11. Do not attempt artificial respiration except in the unlikely event that a person does not start breathing again after the seizure has stopped.

    12. Stay with the person until the seizure ends naturally. Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns.

    13. After convulsions have passed, keep the person at rest, with the head positioned to allow for drainage in case of vomiting.

    14. Protect the person from embarrassment by asking onlookers to give the person some privacy, perhaps by announcing a break, terminating a class session if near the end of the session or other appropriate action.

    Non-Convulsive Seizures

    If someone has the kind of seizure that produces a dazed state and automatic behavior:ER

    1. Call EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 and provide information on the incident.

    2. Watch the person carefully.

    3. Speak quietly and calmly.

    4. Guide the person gently away from any danger, such as a steep flight of steps, a hot stove or other nearby hazard.

    5. Don't grab hold of the person unless an immediate danger threatens. Instinct may make them struggle or lash out at the person who is trying to hold them.

    6. Stay with the person until full consciousness returns.

    7. Protect the person from embarrassment by asking onlookers to give the person some privacy, perhaps by announcing a break, terminating a class session if near the end of the session or other appropriate action.

    Midwest Health Center, P.C.

    9301 Middlebelt Road
    Romulus, MI 48174

    Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

    After Hours and Weekends

    Midwest Health Center, P.C.5050 Schaefer
    Dearborn, MI 48126

    Open 24 hours – 7 days a week

    Counseling and Psychological Services

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to help students resolve personal difficulties and provide emergency services and crisis intervention. Clinical services are strictly confidential within Counseling and Psychological Services. No information is released without client permission except in very limited circumstances mandated by law.

    CAPS can be contacted at 1075 North Huron River Dr., 734.487.1118 (8 a.m.–5 p.m.).

    If you or someone you know is depressed, thinking about suicide or acting out suicidal scenarios, call 1-800-TALK, 1-800-SUICIDE, or the University of Michigan Psychiatric Emergency Room at 734.996.4747.

    Minor Injuries/Non-Emergencies


    1. In case of a minor injury or illness, students should contact University Health Services for recommendations on appropriate first aid or treatment. University Health Services is located at Snow Health Center: 734.487.1122.


    1. Notify your supervisor immediately after a work related injury or illness occurs.

    2. Complete a Report of Employee Occupational Injury form in its entirety and attach additional information or reports (example: police reports, departmental reports, etc.) when applicable.

    3. Submit the report to your supervisor and retain a copy for your records.

    4. Determine whether or not you require medical treatment.

    5. Midwest Health Center is Eastern Michigan University’s designated health care provider for all work related injuries