When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention or Call an Ambulance:

Breathing problems causing any of the following
Feeling of suffocation
Blue lips
Severe wheezing not relieved by prescribed
Inability to speak
Breathing difficulties with a history of blood clot of
the lung or collapsed Lung

Chest pain described as severe or as tightness/ pressure and accompanied by any of the following
Shortness of breath
Pain in the neck, shoulders, jaw back or arms
Heart palpitations
Dizziness or weakness

Abdominal pain
Described as severe, persistent or rapidly
Vomiting blood or dark material that looks like
coffee grounds

Bleeding that won’t stop such as from
A knife wound a wound or cut that cannot be controlled with
direct pressure
vomiting blood or large amount of blood in stool

Prolonged fainting along with heart palpitations
Head injury or history of recent head injury
Severe pain
Loss of movement in arms or legs, confusion,
difficulty speaking

Allergic reaction
Ingestion or exposure to a substance you have had a
severeĀ  reaction to in the past (use epi-pen if indicated)
Difficulty swallowing, feeling of swelling in tongue
or throat
Breathing difficulty

Suicidal or homicidal feelings
Suicidal thoughts with a plan and means to
carry out the plan
Intent to harm others

Extensive burn which is white and painless
Severe pain and extensive burn area is red and blistered

Severe headache
Sudden severe pain, may be described as worst
headache ever
High fever and stiff neck
Confusion and/or difficult to arouse
Sudden onset weakness, numbness on one
side of the body
Inability to speak

Trauma (injury)
Bone is protruding through the skin
Extremity is cold, blue and painful
Penetrating stab/gunshot wound
Severe neck injury
Head injury with difficulty moving arms or legs or
slurred speech

On campus dial x3550 or (607) 436-3550 for UPD or an ambulance
If a student calls UPD for medical concerns, EMT’s and possibly an ambulance will be sent. The student may be transported by ambulance to the local emergency room.
When the Health Center is closed, the following urgent care/ walk-in clinics are available. Don’t forget to bring your insurance care and money for a co-pay!

FoxNow Walk-in Care Center
Open 7 days a week 8am-5pm
Foxcare Center Rte 7
(607) 431-5052

Bassett Convenient Care
Monday-Fri 8am-5
Saturday and Sunday 9-4pm
1 Associated drive
(607) 433-6300

Five Star Urgent Care
7 days a week 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 5001 NY-23 Oneonta
607- 607-376-5346
Most inurances accepted but does not accept Medicaid

If the Health Center and Urgent Care Centers are closed and students do not feel they can wait for the clinics to open, students can call for a taxi to take them to the emergency room at Fox Hospital on Main Street in Oneonta. Ambulance rides are expensive and are best used only in emergency situations.

When to seek medical attention at the Health Center or local Urgent Care Clinic:

Persistent fever
Vomiting and unable to keep clear liquids down
Persistent diarrhea
Cold Symptoms for more than 10 days that do not
respond to self-care
Severe headache
Unable to bear weight or use the affected limb after
an injury
Burning with urination or a discharge
STD exposure
Unprotected sex, (emergency contraception is
available at the student health center for a nominal
fee and is also available at local pharmacies)

Menstrual changes
Persistent abdominal pain
Unexplained or concerning weight loss
Wheezing and/ or severe cough
Redness, pain, swelling and/or drainage from a cut or scrape
A sore throat that keeps you from eating or drinking
especially if accompanied by a fever
Unexplained or persistent rash or skin changes
Pain, redness or drainage in the eye
Ear pain
Persistent insomnia or feelings of anxiety and/or depression

Part of taking responsibility for your health care is having knowledge of your health history.
The following are important examples of what you should know:

Drug allergies- when did they first occur and how do they manifest ( i.e. rash, difficulty breathing)

Nut or other food allergies

Medical conditions that you are under care for, even if they have not caused symptoms in a long time

Past surgeries, even during early childhood such as ear tubes and tonsillectomy


Medication- name of medication, dose, prescribing health care provider and how long you have taken
the medication (Birth control pills are prescription medication)

Name and amount of any over-the-counter medication you have been taking

If you have a significant medical history, consider having records sent to the Student Health Center