Health/Medical Related Situations

 

Medical emergencies include:

  • Any life-threatening situations;
  • Alcohol related conditions;
  • Chest pain;
  • Excessive bleeding;
  • Eye injuries;
  • Head injuries;
  • Ingestion or inhalation of a toxic substance;
  • Seizures;
  • Serious allergic reactions; or
  • Suspected fractures.

QUICK RESPONSE

  • Contact Wake EMS by dialing 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 from any other phone and then contact Campus Police by dialing 8888 from a campus phone or (919) 760-8888 from any other phone.
  • Do not move victim unless safety dictates.
  • If trained, use pressure to stop bleeding. Use CPR if victim has no pulse and no breathing.

What to Say When Reporting A Medical Emergency:

  • State that medical aid is needed and provide the following information:
  • Location of the injured person (which building, room number, etc.).
  • Type of injury or problem.
  • Patient’s present condition.
  • The sequence of events that led to the emergency.
  • Patient’s medical history, if known.
  • Phone number from which you are calling.
  • Stay on phone with dispatcher until help arrives.

Non-emergency Illness or Injury to Students

Call Meredith’s Health Center at 8535. (Health Center hours are Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
When the Health Center is closed, contact the R.D. on duty (cell phone number 612-6350). If an R.D. cannot be contacted, notify the Campus Police Department at 8888.

Illness or Injury to Faculty, Staff or Visitors

Call the Campus Police at 8888. Responding officers will assist immediately and call for emergency medical services, if necessary.

Personal Injury Procedures

Clothing on Fire

  • Stop, Drop and Roll to smother flame or drench with water if safety shower is immediately available.
  • Obtain medical attention, if necessary.
  • Call Campus Police at 8888. Call 9-911 if unable to contact Campus Police
  • Report incident to supervisor.

Hazardous Material Splashed in Eye

  • Immediately rinse eyeball and inner surface of eyelid with water continuously for 15 minutes.
  • Forcibly hold eye open to ensure effective wash behind eyelids.
  • Obtain medical attention.
  • Report incident to supervisor.

Minor Cuts and Puncture Wounds

  • Vigorously wash injury with soap and water for several minutes.
  • Obtain medical attention.
  • Report incident to supervisor.

Biological Spill on Body

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Vigorously wash exposed area with soap and water for one minute.
  • Obtain medical attention.
  • Report incident to supervisor.

Psychological Crisis

A psychological crisis exists when an individual is talking about or considering suicide, has attempted suicide, is threatening to do harm to someone else, or appears to be out of touch with reality (characterized by hallucinations, delusion, complete withdrawal, or uncontrollable behavior) because of drug use or a psychotic break.

Respond quickly if an individual is at risk of harming self, i.e., is talking about wanting to die; has plan to attempt suicide; or has a known history of past attempts.

QUICK RESPONSE

  • If student is attempting or has attempted suicide, call Campus Police at 8888 immediately. Call 9-911 if unable to contact Campus Police.
  • Notify Health Center/Nurse on duty at 8535 of attempt.
  • Call RD on duty for support (cell phone number is 612-6350)

Primary Resource to assess a potential suicide: Call the Meredith Counseling Center at 8427. (Counseling Center Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the academic year). During the academic year, page the Counselor-on-Call by calling the RD on duty at (919) 612-6350, or Campus Police at (919) 760-8888.

The Meredith Counseling Center provides

  • Crisis intervention and debriefing.
  • Individual, group and family counseling.
  • Psychological consultation.
  • Resource and referral services.
  • All services are free and confidential (unless you waive confidentiality or disclosure is legally required).

Other resources:

  • Consult RD on duty at 919-612-6350 (cell phone, evenings and weekends)
  • Contact Holly Hill Hospital’s 24 hour Respond Line 919-250-7000 to receive a consultation, to schedule an appointment for free assessment at the hospital, or to arrange for a mobile assessment unit to come to campus.
  • Call Wake County Community Mental Health. 919-250-3133 Note: if circuits are busy, call Campus Police (8888) for access to a cell phone and outside line.

Sexual Assault and Rape

Sexual assault is defined as any incident of forcing another person to perform a sexual act against his/her will. Force can be implicit through the use of threatening words, gestures, or tone of voice, or explicit through actions of physical restraint. According to North Carolina state law, rape is defined as forced sexual intercourse against the will of another person. Rape is also considered to be sexual intercourse with a person who is physically, mentally, or otherwise incapacitated (including incapacitation from the use of alcohol and drugs), when the person performing the act knows of the victim’s incapacity.

Primary Resource: Call the Meredith Counseling Center at 8427. (Counseling Center Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the academic year). During the academic year, page the Counselor-on-Call by calling the RD on duty at (919) 612-6350, or Campus Police at (919) 760-8888.

The Meredith Counseling Center provides

  • Crisis intervention and debriefing.
  • Short-term individual, group and family counseling.
  • Psychological consultation.
  • Resource and referral services.
  • All services are free and confidential (unless you waive confidentiality or disclosure is legally required).

Other Resources:

  • Call Campus Police at 8888 to page the counselor on call.
  • Contact Interact, 24-hour Rape Crisis Line at 919-828-3005
  • Call Wake Medical Safe Center at 919-828-3067
  • Seek medical assistance as soon as possible following the incident (at a minimum, within 72 hours). Be sure to advise medical personnel that treatment is necessary because of assault or rape. If a victim decides to press charges, medical information is essential.

For rape prevention information contact:

  • Meredith Counseling Center at 8427
  • Interact, Wake County’s Rape Crisis Center at 919-828-3005
  • Campus Police at 8888

Meredith College recognizes the importance of assisting a member of the Meredith College community who is a victim of sexual violence in regaining a sense of personal control. In this respect, several College departments coordinate efforts to offer services to a victim and others upon whom the sexual violence might have an impact. The College is obligated to take prompt and effective steps to end the sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects, whether or not the sexual violence is the subject of a criminal investigation. For more information, visit http://www.meredith.edu/titleix/sexual-assault.htm

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Contact Information:

Ann Gleason, chair of Meredith’s Incident Response Team
Phone: (919) 760-8521
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