Accidents and Incidents
At some point during your time at Boston University (BU), you may require access to medical treatment and services. In this section, you will find out what to do if you are involved in an accident, how to report it, and how to get trained in first aid and CPR.
For an injury that requires immediate medical attention, please follow the procedures noted below for the BU Charles River Campus (CRC), BU Medical Campus (BUMC), and Boston Medical Center (BMC).
- For accidents and incidents that occur on the BOSTON UNIVERSITY CHARLES RIVER CAMPUS, please contact PUBLIC SAFETY (BUPD) at 617-353-2121.
- For accidents and incidents that occur at the BOSTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CAMPUS and in NON-PATIENT AREAS, when an individual cannot easily report to Occupational and Environmental Medicine, please contact PUBLIC SAFETY at 617-414-4444. Public Safety will call for medical services and escort the response team to the incident location.
- For accidents and incidents in patient areas within Boston Medical Center (BMC), dial 617-414-7777. This will initiate a medical emergency “code” response. More information on “code” responses can be found on the BMC Intranet. Click here to view the Code Blue Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Policy.
- If you work in a laboratory and are injured or sustained an exposure, seek medical attention as described above and contact the Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) at 617-414-ROHP (7647). For more information, go to http://www.bu.edu/rohp/.
- For accidents and incidents that do not take place on Boston University or Boston Medical Center property, and medical assistance is needed, dial 9-1-1.
WHAT TO DO IF INJURED
- If you’re properly trained, administer first aid and/or CPR.
- If you feel you’re not properly trained to provide first aid, try to keep the injured person calm and comfortable until emergency response personnel arrive.
- Secure the accident scene.
- Public Safety will contact EHS for additional response and for investigative purposes as necessary.
- If in doubt, as to whether or not the situation is an emergency, treat it as an emergency and follow the steps outlined above. For non-emergency medical attention, employees and students should report as follows:
If the accident or incident involves injury to a Boston University employee, both on the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus, the supervisor or PI should conduct an investigation and complete a Worker’s Compensation Accident Reporting and Analysis (ARA) form and forward it to Risk Management, which is located at 25 Buick Street. The appropriate forms can be found under the Worker’s Compensation section on the Risk Management website at http://www.bu.edu/risk.
If the accident or incident occurs at Boston Medical Center, the employee’s supervisor should conduct an investigation and complete the ART form (BMC).
If the accident or incident involves injury to a student or a visitor to Boston University, an incident report detailing the incident and injuries should be completed and sent to Risk Management. The appropriate forms can be found under the Personal Liability Accidents section on the Risk Management website.
For information regarding Emergency Medical Response education at Boston University, please go to FitRec’s website.