Student EMRs Respond to Campus Medical Emergencies

EMR studentsUSF EMTs test respirator masks for protection from airborne diseases. Photo by Marvin Huang ’15.

USF is the first university in San Francisco to host an on-site emergency medical service—and it’s run by students.

Emergency Medical Response pairs USF students with public safety officers during campus medical emergencies. All 18 students in the program are licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who have completed a 164-hour course taught by the San Francisco Paramedic Association. The service operates 7 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Sunday. 

Since starting the program last August, the student EMTs have treated stomach pains and lacerations and prevented costly trips to the emergency room for students who have only minor injuries. “An ambulance ride to the hospital can cost more than $1,000,” said Marvin Huang ’15, a nursing major who was one of the first to join the team. “Plus, there’s the cost of being admitted to the emergency room. That’s a lot of money for a student or their parents to have to pay.” 

The EMTs also receive class credit in biology, good news for biology major William Glazier ’15, who served as an army medic in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010-11. “Where else could I learn to manage a medical response team and give back to the community while I earn my degree?” he asks. Glazier plans to attend medical school after graduating from USF.

The EMTs also teach first aid and CPR classes on campus, and maintain the university’s heart defibrillators and first-aid boxes.

 

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