This is important and can save lives!
Here are the do’s and don’ts:
- Look out for people. Make sure if they’ve gone to lie down, that it’s in a safe place
- Maker certain they’re breathing and their mouth is empty
- Put them in the recovery position- if they pass out and vomit, they won’t choke
- Stay with the intoxicated person and wake them frequently. If alcohol levels continue to rise, the person may become unconscious.
- Call an ambulance if they stop breathing or can’t stop throwing up
- Start CPR if breathing stops or find someone with first aid training to perform CPR immediately.
- Never ignore someone who is having a bad time or is sick
- Don’t give the person a cold shower; the shock of the cold could cause unconsciousness
- Don’t give the semiconscious person food or fluid’s (not even water) it could cause vomiting, choking or aspiration.
- Never leave someone alone if they’ve passed out
- Don’t panic, even if things aren’t going to plan. You must stay calm.
Here is how to put a Friend into Recovery Position:
- Raise his or her closest arm above their head. Bend at the knee, the leg furthest from you. Prepare to roll the person towards you
- Gently roll as a unit. Guard the headas you roll the person
- Tilt head to maintain airway. Tuck nearest hand under cheek to help maintain head tilt.
- Check on the person often. If you have any concerns that your friend may be suffering from acute alcohol poisoning, get medical help immediately.
If you or a friend need help on campus, there are emergency first aid personnel on campus 24/7. Click here to familiarize yourself with emergency protocols.