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Medical Emergencies

In the event of a medical emergency:

  1. Call Vanderbilt Police:
    • Call 911 from any campus phone.
    • Call (615) 421-1911  from any other phone.
  2. Provide the following information
    1. Building name
    2. Floor and room number
    3. Caller's name and phone number
    4. Nature of injury and severity of the injury
    5. Location of injured person
    6. Age of injured person
    7. Sex of injured person
    8. Current condition
    9. Any known medical history
  3. Remain with the person with the medical injury. DO NOT move them unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  4. If possible, send someone to meet the responding emergency personnel at the location designated by the dispatcher.

Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

If the medical emergency involves someone who has experienced cardiac arrest and has no pulse or respirations, an AED may be required.  AEDs have the ability to detect an irregular heart rhythm and apply an electrical shock (or shocks) to the person's heart in attempt to reset it back into a normal and effective rhythm.

Using an AED:  Most anyone can apply and use an AED. Voice prompts guide the rescuer through the appropriate steps and AEDs are over 99% accurate in rhythm interpretation-so they won't shock a person unless he or she needs it.

AEDs on the Vanderbilt Campus:  All Vanderbilt University Police Department marked patrol vehicles are equipped with AEDs, this map indicates other locations where AEDs can be found.