GERMS should be called when a person in the Georgetown community may be suffering from a medical emergency or needs assistance traveling to Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. GERMS should be called whenever a person is sick, hurt, or scared about the health or well being of another person.
You should call GERMS if someone is suffering from any problems with his or her airway, breathing, or circulation. Examples of such threats include, but are not limited to, choking, difficulty breathing, and significant bleeding.
Other conditions that would benefit from calling GERMS include, but are not limited to:
- chest pain
- lack of consciousness
- possible broken bone
- head, neck, or back injuries
- sudden weakness or dizziness
- severe intoxication or any sort of drug overdose
When GERMS arrives on scene, EMTs will assess the patient. EMTs will perform any appropriate medical interventions and will determine if and how to transport the patient to the hospital. EMTs can contact online medical control to receive immediate advice from a physician at the Georgetown University Hospital Emergency Department.
GERMS is committed to helping all Georgetown students during some of the most challenging moments in their college experience. If you are a Georgetown student and are concerned about the health or well being of another student, neither you nor the ill student will be subject to disciplinary action if you contact GERMS. Simply put, the health and safety of each student is most important. More information on our Medical Amnesty Policy can be found here.
When in doubt, call GERMS