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UC students respond to medical emergencies on campus

Posted 11/18/16

Earlier this year, Utica College’s Emergency Medical Services (UCEMS) organization, began responding to on-campus medical emergencies, along with campus safety officers.Now, they’re celebrating …

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UC students respond to medical emergencies on campus

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Earlier this year, Utica College’s Emergency Medical Services (UCEMS) organization, began responding to on-campus medical emergencies, along with campus safety officers.

Now, they’re celebrating National Collegiate EMS week for the first time and they packed today with events to promote health and safety on campus. Among today’s activities, student club members will demonstrate administration of Narcan Naloxone, an opiate antidote that treats overdoses in emergencies as well as CPR techniques in the Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge in Strebel Student Center.

Club members, along with EMTs from Kunkel Ambulance, were on hand to administer blood pressure screenings, glucose checks and general health screenings.

Lawrence Aaronson, Harold T. Clark Jr. Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, also discussed the flu vaccine and the Zika virus.

Representatives from the Oneida County Stop DWI program were present on alcohol abuse, while getting students to participate in the interactive “Mario Kart Challenge” and try out “Marijuana Goggles.”

UCEMS is a sub-organization of the Utica College Emergency Medical Alliance, UCEMA. Collectively, the alliance works to provide emergency medical training, awareness and education to students on campus.

The organization has more than 60 members, 15 of which are now certified EMTs.

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