By Brandon Richardson
Lights flashed outside the A Building and in the firelane between the L and M Buildings as paramedics, firefighters and police officers responded to a call about a student who collapsed in the LAC Library around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Upon entering the library a female student, who will remain anonymous due to medical privacy, could be seen surrounded by EMTs, firefighters and police officers. She was sitting up without assistance as the EMTs checked her vital signs and asked her questions.
Chris Watson of the Long Beach Fire Department said, “I can’t give information because it’s privacy between the patient and us.” However, he said the student said she experienced flu-like symptoms all day leading up to her collapse.
Watson said the student’s vitals were normal and that she refused medical transportation to the nearest hospital, saying she would have a friend take her to see a doctor. Daylon Carson, 20, a civil engineering major and defensive back for the Viking football team, said, “I was on the phone sitting outside the Library and she fell down. I thought she had rolled her ankle or something. Everybody that was around stopped what they were doing to walk over and help her. It was a good effort by everyone at LBCC. It just shows that everyone here does care about others on the campus.”
Lead library technician Randy Harveston described procedures followed when an incident such as this occurs. “First, and most importantly, regardless of if a student or LBCC employee arrives on the scene first, 9-1-1 should be called immediately,” he said.
After 9-1-1 has been called, basic first response care should be given until the experts arrive. Once the incident has been resolved, the on-site staff must write an incident report separate from the police, fire and EMT reports. Reports are filed for all incidents for liability reasons to protect the college.
To learn more about how to respond to an emergency situation, students may contact police Lt. Julie Prior at (562) 938-4289.