Medical emergencies may result from accident, sickness or prior existing medical condition. These situations may cause Library personnel to be confronted with any number of emergency circumstances including bleeding, broken bones, burns, poisonings, heart attacks, strokes or death.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Unless the medical problem is of a minor nature, or an extreme emergency in which immediate lifesaving action must be taken, DO NOT attempt to render medical services unless you are qualified to do so.
Keep the victim as calm and comfortable as possible.
Do not move the victim unless it is necessary.
Minor first aid assistance may be administered using one of the first aid medical kits. A defibrillator is also available in the event of a cardiac emergency. The locations of these medical supplies are indicated on the Emergency Equipment map.
Obtain as much information as possible about the circumstances of the situation from the victim and/or witnesses.
Call the emergency number 911.
NOTE: If the situation involves a poisoning, call PoisonControl at 626-6016, and then immediately call 911.
Be prepared to describe the victim's condition as best you can.
Do not hang up. Let emergency personnel end the conversation. They may have questions to ask or vital information to pass on about what to do until help arrives.
If none of its members are present when the incident occurs, it should be reported to the Disaster Action Team.
Procedures to be followed if a Library staff member is injured in a job-related situation are outlined below:
For life-threatening injuries, go to the nearest emergency room or trauma center. Tell the medical provider that this is a work-related injury.
For non-life-threatening injuries, medical treatment for employee injuries is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 to 4:30 and Wednesdays from 9 to 4:30 at the Campus Health Service (1224 E. Lowell Street - near Highland & 6th Street) or the employee may use their own primary care provider or any other health facility.
Employees who require medical attention evenings, nights, or weekends may seek care from any medical provider. Tell the medical provider that this is a work-related injury.
The employee needs to notify their supervisor as soon as possible. The supervisor is responsible for completing the Supervisor's Report of Employee Injury/Illness form. This form must be submitted to Risk Management within seven calendar days of the injury.
Medical treatment costs associated with on-the-job injury are covered by workers' compensation insurance. Coverage determinations are governed by state law, and are administered by the Arizona State Risk Management Office. If coverage is denied, employees may be responsible for costs incurred after their initial treatment visit.
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