Stanford University

Serious Conditions and Medical Emergencies

In the case of any serious condition or medical emergency, the supervisor must contact EH&S and provide details on the work-related medical emergency/serious condition. See Serious Injury/Illness Reporting Procedures for more information.

Life-threatening conditions

In the event of serious injury or a clear threat to life, obtain immediate assistance from emergency response (EMS):

  • If on campus, call 9-911 or use a blue emergency phone.
  • If off campus, call 911.
  • If in Stanford University Medical Center, call 286.
  • Be prepared to say exactly where you are and what the emergency is.

If transport to Emergency Department (ED) is needed, you will be taken to the nearest hospital ED, Stanford University Medical Center Emergency Department, 900 Quarry Road Extension Stanford, CA 94304. For more information, call (650) 723-5111.

Medical emergencies include:

  • Difficulty breathing, including asthma or allergy reaction
  • Major injury (e.g. open chest wound with trouble breathing, spinal or neck injury with loss of sensation or motion, an obvious fracture or dislocation, especially with visible bone)
  • Severe allergic reaction with throat swelling
  • Severe asthma
  • Unconsciousness or unresponsiveness
  • Acute asthma attack (which is not responding to usual medication)
  • Laceration or amputation of limb (e.g. finger)
  • Bee sting reaction (with hives or swelling of your whole arm or leg) ​

Work-related urgent conditions

  • From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, call the Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC) at (650) 725-5308 for immediate phone triage and to schedule an initial evaluation.
  • When SUOHC is closed, go to the Stanford University Medical Center Emergency Department.
  • As soon as you arrive at 484 Oak Road, let the employee at the reception desk know that you have an urgent appointment.
  • Bring any medications that you have taken for the problem.

Examples of urgent conditions

The examples listed below may not be life-threatening, but require medical evaluation at SUOHC as soon as possible:

  • Any acute injury with significant pain or swelling
  • Possible fracture or dislocation
  • Animal bite/insect sting
  • Needlestick or splash to mucous membrane of blood or potentially infectious body fluid
  • Acute exposures to workplace hazards (e.g. chemicals, laser, or radiation)
  • Laceration/burns, etc

Work-related non-urgent problems

From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, call the Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC) at (650) 725-5308 for an appointment.

Examples of non-urgent symptoms or problems

  • Sprains or strains
  • An ache or pain that you have had for several weeks, ex. repetitive motion
  • Bruises or scrapes
  • Minor cuts
  • Minor burns
  • Allergies (without difficulty breathing)
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