Medical Emergency

Emergency Medical Aid

Medical Emergency: Call 9-1-1

Immediate Assistance (on campus) (360) 650-3911

Student Health Center (Non-Emergency) (360) 650-3400

Note: The Student Health Center is open when classes are in session:
MTWF 8:30a.m. - 4p.m. ; Th 9:30a.m. - 4p.m.

Provide first aid as your training allows. Washington State has a Good Samaritan Law. If an employee is involved in a medical emergency, whenever possible, notify the employee’s supervisor.

Students may contact the WWU Student Health Center when school is in session. 

In Case of Injury or Illness

  • Do not move the patient except to protect him/her from a dangerous situation.
  • If the patient has been contaminated by hazardous material, tell the emergency responder the name of the material involved and the potential hazards, if known. Provide a Safety Data Sheet, if possible. See also information for chemical spill under Hazardous Materials Incident.
  • Call University Police at (360) 650-3911. If you are off campus, call 911.
  • Provide assistance as your training allows.
  • Keep the patient calm.
  • Stay with the patient until assistance arrives.

If patient is not breathing, use AED and provide CPR:

  1. Call 911.
    • Open airway using chin lift, head tilt technique.                        
    • Look, listen, feel for breathing (no more than 10 sec).
    • If breathing, protect airway and continue assessment.
  2. If the Patient Is Not Breathing, Perform CPR.
    • Provide continuous cycles of 30 compressions provider takes over.
  3. When AED arrives, use without delay
  4. Turn on Power.
    • Place the AED near the head of the patient.
    • Follow the verbal instructions from AED unit.
  5. Attach AED to Patient.
    • Bare the patient’s chest, prepare areas for the pads, and place the pads on the chest.
    • Do not move the patient during analysis by the AED.
  6. If Indicated by the AED, deliver a shock.
    • Clear yourself and others from the patient.
    • Push the shock button.
  7. Perform CPR.
    • Stop only if the AED instructs you to do so, the patient moves, or another provider takes over.

In Case of Choking

  1. Confirm Choking
    • Ask, “Are you choking?”
    • If the patient can speak or cough forcefully, they are not choking and do not require abdominal or chest thrusts.
  2. Position Yourself
    • Get behind the patient.
    • Put your arms around the patient’s waist.
    • Put your fists above the patient’s navel and below the ribs.
  3. Perform Abdominal Thrusts
    • Quickly thrust inward and upward.
    • Repeat until the airway is cleared.
    • If the patient is pregnant or obese, use chest thrusts instead. Put arms around patient’s chest. Thrust inward.
  4. If the Patient Becomes Unresponsive
    • Lower the person to the ground, call 911.
    • Perform CPR. Inspect the mouth for foreign material when attempting ventilations.

AED Locations


  • Four University Police Cars 
  • Four units for Athletics trainers.  When not at road games or practices, these are stored in the trainers’ area in CV155
  • One at Shannon Point Marine Center boat (This unit is a Zoll AED Plus)

In Facilities

  • Academic Instruction Center, Alarmed cabinet in East building, North main entrance, across from AIC248
  • Administrative Services Building C, Alarmed cabinet on second floor, across from elevator, by entrance to 210
  • Administrative Services Building C, Alarmed cabinet on first floor main hallway, across from elevator
  • Arntzen Hall, Alarmed cabinet next to AH106
  • Biology, Alarmed cabinet next to BI 234
  • Bond Hall, Alarmed cabinet near west entrance
  • Campus Services Facility, Student Health Center, Room 231
  • Campus Services Facility, Student Health Center Annex, Room 110
  • Carver Gym, Alarmed cabinet in main hallway, next to CV103
  • Carver Gym, Alarmed cabinet next to entrance to CV181
  • Carver Gym, Alarmed cabinet outside CV 303
  • Chemistry, Alarmed cabinet near 2nd floor women’s rest room at south end of bldg
  • Communications, Alarmed cabinet by Main West entrance
  • Edens Hall, Alarmed cabinet near EH 110
  • Engineering Technology, Alarmed cabinet at first floor main North entrance
  • Fairhaven, Alarmed cabinet in Academic building, main stairwell, second floor, next to main entrance to dining hall
  • Fraser Hall, Alarmed cabinet near entrance FH102 
  • Fine Arts, Alarmed cabinet across from FI 119
  • Haggard Hall, Alarmed cabinet in hallway by HH110
  • Humanities, Alarmed cabinet by North main entrance
  • Lakewood, Alarmed cabinet in boathouse, behind equipment checkout desk
  • Miller Hall, Alarmed cabinet on wall near recycling counter located between main South entrance and elevator.
  • Old Main, Alarmed cabinet by main West entrance to third floor 
  • Old Main, Alarmed cabinet by second floor West entrance, next to OM 279
  • Parks Hall, Alarmed cabinet by ground floor entrance, adjacent to restrooms (This unit is a Medtronic Physio-control Lifepak CRPlus) 
  • Performing Arts Center, Alarmed cabinet in main lobby
  • Physical Plant Building, Room 238 – Alarmed cabinet in the main hallway next to the door to Room 213, electric shop
  • Ridgeway Commons, Alarmed cabinet in dining room entry, next to Gold room entrance
  • Shannon Point Marine Center, Alarmed cabinet in the first-floor library breezeway
  • SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo

Locations Current as of March 2021