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Emergency Procedures
A phone is located in each section of the lab and in the office across the hall from the lab. Important phone numbers are:


FIRE, AMBULANCE, POLICE

911
HITCHCOCK POISON CONTROL 650-5000
HITCHCOCK EMERGENCY ROOM 650-7000

1. Critical emergencies are fortunately rare. The first priority--besides calling for help--is to reduce or eliminate the hazard: turn off gas, open windows, shut off power supplies, etc. If the victim isn't breathing you must immediately do what you can to get breathing started. Often, carefully straightening the victim's neck, jutting the jaw slightly forward, will work. If it doesn't, start mouth-to-mouth respiration. All graduate student TAs are trained in CPR and first aid. If the victim is breathing and not in immediate danger you can probably wait for help to arrive. Call the ambulance, describing what happened as accurately as possible. Whenever an ambulance is called, someone should wait by the building entrance to guide the crew to the accident victim.

2. Report all accidents immediately, no matter how trivial, to the laboratory instructor, TA or a staff member. First aid, if necessary, should be administered by these individuals. The suggestions given here are for emergency use only when it is necessary for you to administer first aid. All but very minor cuts and burns should receive medical attention. Err on the side of caution.

3. In any accident involving a chemical, make every effort to find out what the chemical is so that appropriate measures can be taken at the hospital.

4. Call the Emergency Room, when medical attention is required, with information about the injury and the chemicals involved. Accompany the victim to the hospital. If the accident victim cannot be moved, call the ambulance.
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