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Medical Procedures

If a serious injury or illness occurs on campus call 911 (9-911). Give your name, describe the nature and severity of the medical problem, and give the Campus location of the incident. Stay with the person until assistance arrives. ALL incidents and accidents should be reported to the Safety Office as soon as possible (within 24 hours), using the Incident Report (SFN 50508) or Accident Report (SFN 51301) Forms.

If someone is suffering from a medical condition, you should contact 9-911. Follow these instructions:
  • Stay calm, do not panic
  • Do not move the person unless absolutely necessary
  • Unless person is having a seizure, move them to the ground
  • Clear the area- move everything 5 feet away from the person
  • Never give the person medication
  • Wait for a nurse or medical personnel, unless the school has a written directive on file
  • Stay with the person until medical personnel arrive and assist if directed
After contacting the fire department and/or law enforcement for an emergency and if time permits, contact the Safety Office at 701-845-7710 during the day, or Facilities Services Power House at 701-845-7708 after hours. If the incident involves a student, also contact the VP Student Affairs at 701-845-7300.

Alcohol Poisoning/Overdose

Acute alcohol intoxication, or alcohol poisoning, can occur after the ingestion of a large amount of alcohol. Inexperienced drinkers or those sensitive to alcohol may become acutely intoxicated and suffer serious consequences after ingesting smaller amounts of alcohol.
Here's what happens. Alcohol (a depressant drug), once ingested, works to slow down some of the body's functions including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. When the vital centers have been depressed enough by alcohol, unconsciousness occurs.

Further, the amount of alcohol that it takes to produce unconsciousness is dangerously close to a fatal dose. Many students are surprised to find out death can occur from acute intoxication. Most think the worst that can happen is they'll pass out and have a hangover the next day. Knowing the signs and symptoms of acute alcohol intoxication and the proper action to take can help avoid a tragedy.

Signs and Symptoms:
 
  • Unconsciousness or semi-consciousness.
  • Slow respiration of eight or less per minute or lapses in respiration of more than 10 seconds.
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.
Appropriate Action:
If you encounter a person who exhibits one or more of the signs and symptoms, we recommend that you dial 911 without hesitation-- this is a medical emergency! If you are in a residence hall, notify an RA or Head Resident as soon as possible. While waiting for 911 emergency transport, gently turn the intoxicated person on his/her side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person's back. This is important to prevent aspiration should the person vomit. Stay with the person until help arrives.
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Office Information
VCSU Safety Office:

Director of Facilities Services
Ron Pommerer
701-845-7700

Safety Coordinator
Jessica Frerich
701-845-7710


Other Contacts:

Vice Pres. for Student Affairs
Vitaliano Figueroa
701-845-7300

Campus Nurse
Pat Egeberg
701-845-7212

Power House
(after hours safety)
701-845-7708


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