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Medical Assistance Procedures

Medical Assistance Procedures

Never give medical assistance beyond your scope of knowledge. All BYU employees should immediately report all medical incidents to their chair or the college safety officer. Determination if an injury meets OSHA reporting qualification is time sensitive. Supervisors should ensure that the required injury documentation (general injury for non-employees, workers’ compensation for employees) is completed as soon as possible.

Minor injury or illness procedures

Minor injuries include small cuts needing stitches, 1st or 2nd degree burns, dislocated joint, fainting, needlestick, etc.

  • Request medical assistance from BYU EMS at (801) 422-2222.
  • If trained, treat a basic injury or illness with first aid.

BYU EMS will determine if the injury or illness can be treated on site of if transportation to a medical facility is needed. If college personal transport a university student or employee for follow-up medical attention a university vehicle should be used whenever possible. Transportation by personal vehicle is discouraged.

Major injury or illness

Major injuries include severe cuts where tendons or ligaments are visible, 3rd degree burns, partial or full amputation of any body part, facture to a major body part, severe shock, altered mental state, etc.

  • Call University Police at (801) 422-0911 or 911 immediately.
  • Give dispatcher as much information as possible.
  • Put continuous pressure on any serious bleeding wounds.

Emergency Medical Equipment

Bleeding control kits and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are located across campus and are meant to be used by bystanders during a medical emergency until help arrives.

AEDs are for cardiac arrest, specifically ventricular fibrillation and tachycardia, and should only be used if victim is unconscious, pulseless and not breathing.
For additional information on AEDs, including training videos, refer to the Emergency Management website

A person who is bleeding severely can die from blood loss in just a few minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Bleeding control kits, including tourniquets and chest seals, can be found in all AED cabinets on campus.
Bleeding control kit training videos are available on the Emergency Management website.