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. When you call GERMS, please try to have the following information:

  • The location of yourself and the patient
  • The patient’s medical problem
  • The patient’s age and sex
  • Is the patient conscious?
  • Is the patient breathing?
  • Is the patient bleeding?
  • Is there anything dangerous at the scene? (such as fire, electrical danger, armed individuals, etc.)
  • Any additional information that you believe GERMS should know prior to arrival

When GERMS arrives on scene, EMTs will assess the patient. EMTs will perform any appropriate medical interventions and will determine how to transport the patient to the hospital if necessary. 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. For more information on Georgetown University’s Medical Amnesty Policy, please see Appendix E: Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Policy in the Code of Student Conduct (page 43).