Injuries and First Aid

Injuries and First Aid

For an illness or injury requiring urgent medical attention:

  • Immediately call 911.
  • If trained, give appropriate first aid until emergency responders arrive.
  • DO NOT move the victim unless absolutely necessary.

Reporting injuries:


Students injured on campus should complete an incident report form. The form is available from Workers’ Compensation, or department offices. Send completed form to Worker’s Compensation, 70 Artemesia Bldg. Mail Stop 0241.

Faculty, staff, and student employees

Faculty, staff, and student employees should report injuries by completing a C-1 form and submitting it to Workers’ Compensation. Specific instructions can be obtained by calling (775) 784-4394.

Medical Emergencies:

Calling in a medical emergency

  • Give your name, location (building name and number and room number), and phone extension.
  • Describe the emergency: what is it, how did it happen, when did it happen.
  • Explain if the source of risk is currently controlled.
  • Do not hang up until instructed to do so.

Medical emergencies may include any life-threatening situation, including the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Cessation of breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Compound fractures
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Eye injuries
  • Head injury
  • Heat stroke/heat exhaustion
  • Heat cramps
  • Inhalation of a toxic substance
  • Lacerations
  • Seizure
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Unconsciousness

The University has a public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program. Please note the closest station.

Burns, Thermal and Chemical

  • Immerse thermal burn area in cold water (not ice water).
  • Flood chemical burn with cool water for 15 minutes.
  • Cover burn with clean dry cloth.
  • Keep victim comfortable.

If You Experience or Witness a Medical Emergency

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Remain calm.
  • Be prepared to provide information about the emergency.
  • Unless trained, DO NOT render first aid – wait for emergency personnel.
  • IF TRAINED, use pressure to stop bleeding.
  • IF TRAINED, use CPR if victim has NO PULSE and is NOT BREATHING.
  • Do not move a victim unless safety is a concern.

Be prepared to provide emergency responders with vital information, such as:

  • Your name and telephone number
  • Location of the injured person (building, room, etc.)
  • Type of injury or problem
  • Individual’s present condition
  • Sequence of events leading to the emergency
  • Medical history and name of injured person’s doctor, if known