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Medical Emergencies

Medical Emergency Procedures


Life-Threatening Medical Emergency (Student/Employee/Visitor)

  • Call WKU Police at 270-745-2548 and briefly explain the emergency, condition of the individual and location. WKU Police will dispatch an ambulance.
  • Remain with the individual. Do NOT attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in obvious, immediate danger from fire, building collapse, etc.
  • Instruct another staff member to meet the emergency responders.
  • When in doubt, treat an emergency as life threatening.

Employee Injury (not life-threatening)

  • If emergency medical attention is necessary, proceed to the emergency room or call WKU Police, who will dispatch an ambulance.
  • Notify the employee’s supervisor or department as soon as possible.
  • Contact the Worker’s Compensation Coordinator at 745-8841 before seeking medical attention, if possible.
  • If the injury prohibits you from contacting the Worker’s Compensation Coordinator right away, seek treatment at GGC at WKU or with the medical provider of your choice.  Notify the Worker’s Compensation Coordinator as soon as possible. 
  • If your injury occurs after normal working hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) seek treatment at the closest medical facility open at that time and notify the Worker’s Compensation Coordinator as soon as possible.
  • Note:  immediate notification of the Worker’s Compensation Coordinator can speed up insurance approval of medical treatments and procedures.

Visitor/Student Injury (not life threatening)

First Aid

  • Notify your supervisor immediately.
  • First aid kits are located at designated locations in each building.
  • Minor injuries can be treated at GGC on WKU’s Campus or with the medical provider of your choice.

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 Last Modified 10/14/19