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MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

 

A medical emergency is a medical condition that is an immediate threat to your life or long-term health. Generally, if your medical condition can wait until the next day for assessment/treatment, it is not a medical emergency.

 

If you or your lab partner experience or exhibit any of the symptoms or conditions in the following list, call 911 immediately. The Cal Poly dispatcher will help you assess the situation and initiate the appropriate emergency response.

 

WHEN TO CALL 911:

   Unconsciousness or altered level of consciousness

   Trouble breathing or breathing in a strange way

   No pulse

   Persistent chest or abdominal pain or pressure

   Severe bleeding

   Seizures, severe headache or slurred speech

   Poisoning

   Vomiting blood or passing blood

   Injuries to head, neck or back

   Possible broken bones

   Victim cannot be moved easily

 

NOTE: You will need to use private insurance for ambulance transport, emergency treatment away from campus, hospitalization, and treatment by medical specialists not available at Cal Poly Health Services.

 

 

LABORATORY ACCIDENTS / INJURIES

 

MINOR LABORATORY INJURIES

 

Minor laboratory injuries (e.g. small cuts, skin irritation) are common in the Chemistry & Biochemistry department. If you suffer a minor injury while working on a laboratory project you must report the injury to your project advisor as soon as possible; if your project advisor is not available, seek out any Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty or staff for assistance. If you or your advisor feels that your condition should be evaluated by a medical professional, the following options are available:

 

FREE SERVICES - ON-CAMPUS HEALTH CARE

 

   Cal Poly Health & Psychological Services: Open MTRF 8-4:30 W 9-4:30

Free physician and nurse practitioner visits, laboratory and x-ray, low-cost pharmacy and dermatology.

 

PRIVATE INSURANCE - AFTER-HOURS HEALTH CARE (OFF-CAMPUS)

 

Cal Poly H&P Services ("The Health Center") does not provide any after-hours care. If you wish medical attention after 4:30 pm or during the weekend, you must go to an off-campus facility. You must have your own insurance or pay cash for these services. Your insurance provider may require pre-approval or a per visit co-pay - call the number on your insurance card to find out.

 

Emergency After-Hours Care (San Luis Obispo)

 

   Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, 1010 Murray St. (805)546-7650 (ER)

 

   French Hospital Medical Center, 1911 Johnson Ave. (805)542-6377 (ER)

 

Non-emergency After-Hours Care (San Luis Obispo)

 

   Family & Industrial Medical Center, 47 Santa Rosa (805)542-9596

 

   Med Stop, 283 Madonna Road (805)549-8880

 

   Other: You may see any health care provider that your private insurance allows.

 

 

FIRE

 

Laboratory fires will not occur if necessary precautions are observed consistently (identify flammable materials, control ignition sources, store chemicals properly, use fume hoods). Any fire, however small, must be reported to your project advisor immediately. If you are confronted with a large fire (i.e. a fire you cannot smother easily or allow to burn out), you must be prepared to take action to protect yourself and others.

 

SMALL FIRE (can be smothered easily or will soon burn out)

 

   De-energize any equipment involved (hot plate, bunsen burner, etc.).

 

   Remove any nearby flammable or combustible materials.

 

   If fire is inside fume hood, let it burn or smother (if easy to do so).

 

   If fire is on bench, smother (if easy to do so).

 

LARGE FIRE (too much fuel to smother easily or fire has spread)

 

   Evacuate the room.

 

   Pull fire alarm.

 

   Go to a safe location and call 911.

 

 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIGHT A LARGE FIRE !!!

EXTINGUISHERS ARE INTENDED FOR USE BY TRAINED PERSONNEL ONLY.

 

 

SPILLS

 

SMALL SPILLS

 

Small hazardous material spills are spills that can be easily and safely cleaned up by one person. The spilled material must be disposed of properly - hazardous material spills must be handled as hazardous waste.

 

LARGE SPILLS

 

Large hazardous material spills are spills that cannot be handled safely by one person.

   Evacuate the laboratory immediately and lock the laboratory doors.

 

   Alert your advisor or a stockroom technician, if possible, for instructions.

 

   If you cannot speak directly with your instructor or a technician, you must call 911.

 

   Stand by in a safe location to assist by providing information to emergency personnel when they arrive.