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For serious injury or illness (such as breathing problems, chest pain or heart problems, serious bleeding, loss of consciousness, etc.) call University Police at (859) 572-7777 or 911*.

  • Give your name, describe the nature and severity of the medical problem, the campus location of the victim and if an ambulance if needed.
  • For minor injury or illness, first aid care is administered by the Campus Nurse in the University Center Room 440 or by calling extension 5650, or contact University Police at (859) 572-7777 after traditional office hours.
  • In case of serious injury or illness after calling for help, properly trained personnel should quickly perform the following steps:

    • Ask victim, “Are you okay?” and “What is wrong?”
    • Ask for permission to help (permission is implied if unconscious).
    • Check breathing.
    • All first responders should keep the victim still and comfortable. Do not move the victim.
    • Control any serious bleeding by direct pressure on the wound (use universal precautions).
    • Continue to assist and monitor the victim until help arrives.
    • Look for emergency medical I.D., question witnesses and give all information to the paramedics, Campus Nurse, and University Police.
    • Drug cases will be handled as medical emergencies.
  • When a University Police officer or EMT arrives and takes over care, follow their directions for the safety of all involved.
  • Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are available throughout campus. Please review the AED Locations at NKU.
  • It is essential for each office to have employees trained in first aid and CPR and have a first aid kit available. First Aid and CPR Training is available through the local American Red Cross at (513) 792-4000. For information on items to include in a first aid kit, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) website to view the minimum first aid kit supplies.
  • When opioid overdose is expected, immediately call 911. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is available throughout campus to assist with opioid overdose which can quickly lead to death without intervention. Visit the Naloxone Program for NaloxBox locations, instructions, and other resources.  

*Always indicate that you are at Northern Kentucky University when dialing 911