Frequently Asked Questions
Should I go to University Medical Services (UMS) if I have a medical emergency?
What if I get sick when UMS is closed?
I have a special medical condition that requires monitoring or routine check-ups. Can I get assistance with this at UMS?
Should college students get the meningitis vaccine?
What do I do with my used syringes and needles for my medical condition?
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
- Loss of consciousness
- Neck pain or neck stiffness, especially when it is associated with fever and a rash
- 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.