Emergencies/Occupational First Aid/AEDs

In NUI Galway, management and staff need to be prepared to respond to the range of emergencies that may arise, fire, medical conditions, gas leaks, etc.  The Fire Safety Information page provides specific fire emergency information. Similarly, all University Units must locally develop and implement procedures for other emergencies likely to arise as a result of their activities.

Emergencies

When phoning 112 or 999 for emergency help what key details should I give?

  • The location/eircode (and phone number) from which you are calling;
  • The type of emergency and assistance required;
  • The location where assistance is required and directions to get there;
  • Do not hang up until you are satisfied that your message has been correctly received and that the emergency services have got all the details they require.

What is the contact number for NUI Galway Security?

(091) 49333/Ext: 3333 is the contact number for Security in NUI Galway. Please also see further information on the Buildings & Estates website.

What key information is needed to respond to an emergency?

  • The‌ main emergency numbers.
  • The location of the nearest telephone(s) and confirm that they are available for use e.g. that the phone line is not barred;
  • The Occupational First Aiders in your Unit and their contact phone number(s).

In an emergency situation, what other points need to be considered?

  • Do not put yourself or others at risk. At all times the most important consideration is human safety.
  • Familiarise yourself with fire emergency procedures, and other arrangements, in advance.
  • Act responsibly and methodically with due care for your safety and the safety of others.
  • The senior member of staff must take local control of the situation ensuring the safe evacuation of all persons present and be prepared to warn the emergency services of any known special hazards. 

Should the accident or emergency be reported afterwards?

  • Yes, after any incident (near miss) or injury event.
  • Ensure that all accidents, first aid or near miss event are reported within 24 hours to the Safety Office.  Visit: Accident Reporting.
  • Additional information can be found on locally displayed Safety Contact Poster.

Occupational First Aid

Who are the current Occupational First Aiders?

You will find a list of Occupational First Aiders‌ here.

What are the first aid resources relevant to Staff/Units?

  • AEDs (Defibrillators) on Campus
  • First Aid Kits available with NUI Galway buildings.  
    Log a Buildings & Estates Pemac Request regarding first aid kit restocking, maintenance etc.
  • Units completed an Assessment of Occupational First Aid Needs in 2010/11 which must be periodically updated.
  • First Aid Room (unstaffed) in the Sport Complex (Kingfisher) and Dangan Sports Pavillion
  • NUI Galway First Aid Record Form to be completed in all cases where first aid was administered.
  • "RED Card" (PHECC) giving responders the key points to be covered in making a 999/112 call.  (Provided to Occupational First Aiders at training and to all staff at events and on request).

What are the first aid resources available to Occupational First Aiders?

  • Emergency Response Kits for external first aid emergencies are in 4 locations.
  • An explanatory Occupational First Aid Circular is available to staff prior to training.
  • The Primary Survey is a useful training and refresher resource for OFAs.
  • Cardiac First Response Report (PHECC) to be completed in the event of a cardiac related incident.  (Provided to Occupational First Aiders at training).
  • "Green Card" giving the key points in the administration of Aspirin, where required.  (Provided to Occupational First Aiders at training).
  • A Laerdal mannequin is available from the Health and Safety Office to NUI Galway Occupational First Aiders who wish to practice their CPR skills.

Are there First Aid rooms in NUI Galway?

There are First Aid Rooms (unstaffed) in the Sport Complex (Kingfisher) and Dangan Sports Pavillion.

AEDs

What is an AED or Defibrillator?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest.  Currently the survival rate for sudden cardiac conditions is very poor, typically 1% however if an AED is used promptly, the victims chances of survival can increase significantly, e.g. if an AED is used within five minutes the victim has a 50% chance of survival.

How many AEDs are there in NUI Galway?

There are 18 AEDs on campus. AEDs are also in place in Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim, Carna and Áras Uí Chadhain, An Cheathru Rua and Shannon College of Hotel Management. There are also AEDs on the Park & Ride buses. For locations see map under files for download.  This equipment is to be used by trained personnel only.

Where are the AEDs located and is there a phone near them?

Yes, the table below summarises this information for all NUI Galway AEDs and you will find an AED Map here. 
Please note, if ringing from an external phone dial (091) 49 before the 4 digit extensions below.

1 Áras na Mac Léinn‌ Áras na Mac Léinn AED H91 RTR6 Main Foyer 5100
2 Áras Moyola Áras Moyola AED   Main Foyer 5200
3 James Hardiman Building Library AED H91 REW4 Behind Steward's Desk 5340
4 Engineering Building - North Campus Engineering AED H91 HX31 Riverside Reception Ground Floor tbc
5 Sports Pavilion Dangan Sports Pavillion AED   Reception Area 2944
6 NCBES, Orbsen Building NCBES AED H91 DK59 1st Floor, Adjacent to Reception 5900
7 CSI, Entrance Level CSI AED   Adjacent to Main Restaurant 5500
8 Insight, Dangan Insight Dangan AED H91 AEX4 1st Floor Meeting Room Corridor 5300
9 Sports Complex Kingfisher Kingfisher AED   Main Reception 540300
10 Sports Complex Kingfisher Kingfisher AED   First Aid Room 540300
11 Quadrangle Quadrangle AED   Archway 3543
12 Concourse Concourse AED H91 CF50 BOI end outside O' Flaherty Theatre 2800
13 Cairnes Building Cairnes Building AED H91 WN80 St. Anthony's side of Friar's 5693
14 LifeCourse Science Institute ILAS AED H91 C7DK Main Entrance Foyer tbc
15 Biomedical Sciences Biomedical Sciences AED H91 W2TY Main Entrance Foyer 5638
16 Education Building, Nun's Island Nun's Island AED   Main Entrance Corridor 2195
17 Carna Carna AED   Corridor to Left of Reception Area tbc
18 An Cheathrú Rua An Cheathrú Rua   Reception Area 595101
19 Human Biology Building Human Biology Building H91 W5P7 Main Entrance tbc

How many staff are trained to use an AED in NUI Galway?

There are over 200 staff in NUI Galway trained to use AEDs.  This includes all Occupational First Aiders and staff in the Student Health Unit and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 

What should Heads of Units do to be prepared to repond to an cardiac emergency?

Heads of Units must ensure that adequate local arrangements are in place to ensure a prompt response to a cardiac emergency as part of their Occupational First Aid arrangements.  A Local Cardiac Arrest Response Plan should be prepared.

What should I be familiar with so that I can assist in a cardiac emergency?

  • The locations of the AEDs.
  • The trained NUI Galway personnel to contact in the event of coming across an unconscious person (print off the attached lists of AED trained personnel for the AED(s) nearest you)
  • How to make an 112/999 emergency phone call - See Emergency Information above and RED Card (PHECC).
  • A 112/999 call requesting a "cardiac ambulance" must be made where you come across any unconscious casualty.
  • This information is summarised in this AED Demonstration Information Summary.