When to call
Call 412.268.2323 for any emergency on campus.
Call 911 for off-campus emergencies.
Why not 911?
Calling 911 connects you to the Allegheny County 911 Center where dispatchers are unfamiliar with the Carnegie Mellon campus. Calling 412.268.2323 dispatches Carnegie Mellon Campus Police and Emergency Medical Service, who are able to arrive on scene within minutes. If additional assistance is required from Pittsburgh EMS, they will be dispatched and guided to your location by Campus Police.
When should I call EMS?
If you are asking yourself this question, you should probably call! Any of the following symptoms are reasons to call for immediate medical help:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe bleeding
- High fever
- Uncontrollable vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Head injury
When should I NOT call EMS?
CMU EMS should not be used for diagnosis of a medical condition or for delivery of non-emergency first aid supplies. If you need non-emergency medical treatment, call Health Services at 412-268-2157 or visit their website to schedule an appointment.
What about alcohol?
Don't let your friend just "sleep it off." You could be ignoring the potentially fatal symptoms of alcohol poisoning.
Call for help immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms in a friend:
- Mental confusion
- Difficulty waking up
- Cold or pale skin
- Very slow or irregular breathing
Please don't let fear of getting someone in trouble prevent you from getting medical help for a friend. The following is taken from the university's Alcohol Medical Assistance Procedure, or "Amnesty":
Students for whom medical assistance is summoned for alcohol intoxication will be granted amnesty from university administrative disciplinary action and University Police action. The student who summons University Police/EMS on behalf of an intoxicated student will likewise be granted such amnesty provided the caller remains with the intoxicated student until help arrives. Students who are directly involved in attending to the intoxicated student until help arrives also will be granted such amnesty.
Those seeking assistance will be assured that the university will pursue no further action against any individual or organization involved in such an incident when appropriate medical attention is sought. Students involved in an alcohol-related incident for which amnesty is granted will be provided appropriate educational or developmental interventions.
"Alcohol and Drug Policy." Carnegie Mellon University Police. 23 Aug. 2007 <http://www.cmu.edu/police/universitypolicies/drug-and-alcohol-policy.html>