Frequently Asked Questions

Should I go to University Medical Services (UMS) if I have a medical emergency?

You should always call 911 for any medical emergency, but if you are close to UMS and need assistance, we can help. UMS can provide first aid and basic life support for a medical emergency until EMS arrives.

What if I get sick when UMS is closed?

Physicians are available at local hospitals and Urgent Care facilities after-hours and on weekends. See list of facilities.

I have a special medical condition that requires monitoring or routine check-ups. Can I get assistance with this at UMS?

Yes, in most special medical condition cases, the nurses and physicians can assist you throughout your college experience at Cedarville University. We recommend that you telephone UMS by dialing the extension # 7863, or just call 937-766-7863 from your cell phone. Most conditions can be monitored at UMS in collaboration with your physician back home.

Should college students get the meningitis vaccine?

Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord that is fatal in approximately 10% of cases. It is spread through contact such as kissing, sharing kitchen utensils like drinking glasses, and sneezing. The American College Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that college students who are freshmen and live in a dormitory get the meningitis vaccine. UMS recommends that students get the meningitis vaccine, and UMS has the vaccine available for a nominal fee (price subject to availability).

What do I do with my used syringes and needles for my medical condition?

Students with medical conditions requiring the use of syringes and needles should dispose of their used needles and syringes in a red "sharps" container and should NEVER dispose of these items in the regular trash while on campus. UMS provides FREE sharps containers to students and asks that students return them when full. UMS will dispose of the sharps containers through a medical waste facility at NO COST to the student.

Should I keep any nonprescription medications in my residence hall room?

Most college health clinics are not open 24 hours per day, and many times an illness does not warrant a trip in for simple things such as headaches, cramps, or a mild cold. The nurses and physicians have listed below a few helpful items that you might want to consider as a "First Aid Kit" for your residence hall room:

  • Headache medication such as Tylenol® or Advil®
  • Allergy medications such as Benadryl®
  • Diarrhea tablets such as Imodium®
  • Travel sickness pills such as Dramamine® or Bonine®
  • Antacid tablets such as Tums® or Mylanta®
  • Pepto-Bismol® for minor indigestion
  • Band-Aids® and antibiotic cream
  • Cortaid® cream for minor poison ivy or other rashes
  • Cold medications such as Tylenol® Cold and Sinus
  • Cough medications such as Robitussin® DM
  • Sinus medications such as Sudafed®

What is a medical emergency?

Emergencies are not always obvious. You should call 911 from any campus phone if you think you are having a medical emergency. The following is a list of possible serious medical conditions or potentially life-threatening symptoms that might require the care of a physician or emergency room:

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion or severe weakness
  • Disoriented, slurred speech
  • Violent or aggressive behavior
  • Fractures
  • Hemorrhage
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Neck pain or neck stiffness, especially when it is associated with fever and a rash
  • Seizure
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe headache
  • Severe pain, numbness, discoloration, or coldness of any part of your body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trauma where there is neck or back pain or the victim can't move
  • Vomiting blood or passing blood in stool

Note: This is not a complete list of medical concerns or emergencies. If you are uncertain about your condition, you should call UMS by dialing the extension # 7863, or just call 937-766-7863 from your cell phone during normal business hours or call a local ER. For medical emergencies, call 911 from any campus phone.

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