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What should you do if your roommate passes out?

kollegekid1kollegekid1 Registered User Posts: 938 Member
edited September 2010 in College Life
Like if they drink too much and they pass out? I wouldn't want to get them in trouble with the RA.
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Replies to: What should you do if your roommate passes out?

  • FutureholdsFutureholds Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    Well at a local high school party, the kid passed out, nobody did anything and he died.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    You deal with the situation in the moment. You call for help and worry about the consequences later. His life may depend on you calling for help.
  • DCHurricaneDCHurricane - Posts: 2,976 Senior Member
    Poke 'm with a stick to see if he's still kickin'.
  • caemincaemin Registered User Posts: 781 Member
    At my school, if you call the campus ambulance, you will not get into trouble regardless of the reason. They want you to call and save your roommate/friend/hallmate/suitemate/etc's life than worry about getting written up for underage drinking.
  • flightytemptressflightytemptress Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    caemin: Same with my school, UMASS Amherst.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,171 Senior Member
    If your roommate is actually passed out (as opposed to asleep) and cannot be woken up, you need to call for help. Their life could depend on it!
  • XX55XXXX55XX Registered User Posts: 1,014 Member
    Call 911.

    They might be suffering from alcohol poisoning.
  • AeroEngineer3141AeroEngineer3141 Registered User Posts: 3,607 Senior Member
    Before you do anything, make sure that the situation actually demands that paramedics be called. Most likely he's just sleeping, in which case just turn him on his side, raise his head a little, prepare for some sleep vomiting (hold his head up and to the side, clear out his mouth, don't get anything on your clothes), and just sit back and make sure he keeps on breathing. If you can rouse him (eyes half-open, incoherent mumbling, straight back to sleep), he's fine.

    If he does stop breathing though, start hands-only CPR and call paramedics. Watch out for seizures, <6-8 breaths per minute, and hypothermia. Absolutely under any circumstance do not sit back and watch him choke on his vomit, this is probably the most likely reason for an intoxicated person to die.

    Just keep in mind that sleeping or passed out doesn't equal alcohol poisoning. Also keep in mind that death isn't worth maintaining your image, and that people will definitely understand if calling the paramedics was the only option you had.
  • excelblueexcelblue Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    Puking when passed out just means they've had a lot, but not necessarily too much. I've been the sober guy at my fair share of parties, and not once have I actually needed to call 911. Close monitoring, though, is necessary.

    Regardless of puking, if they're passed out, make sure they're on their side. Check on them every 10-15min. If their pulse becomes irregular, call 911!
  • ArtemisDeaArtemisDea Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    Personally, my criteria for drunk people is as follows:
    --If they are truly unconscious / "passed out" and I can't wake them up or get a response I call 911 or campus health services and wait for the paramedics to arrive. Even if they're breathing.

    -- If I can wake them up, have them say something coherent (usually ask how much they've had), then I follow Aero's procedure and monitor.

    I'd always default to calling the paramedics if you can't wake them. If someone drinks so much that they are in that position, then they fully deserve any consequences of going to the hospital. Plus, they are no longer your responsibility as soon as the paramedics take over. It usually takes about 10 minutes for them to get there, and it certainly is better for the intoxicated person to be supervised by medical professionals all night instead of a college student.
  • BrandoIsCoolBrandoIsCool Registered User Posts: 799 Member
    I was told by a counselor to call 911, if they are passed out/unresponsive. Think about it--unless you had some sort of medical training, you don't know how serious the problem is. Its also possible that someone slipped something in his drink and they aren't sleeping. I actually had to do call once...

    My friend told me a story about how his friend at Stanford, was at a frat party. He left his cup unattended and woke up in the hospital...yes, there was underage drinking, but apparently, he was never written up/got in trouble b/c of the circumstances. Don't let someone die b/c you failed to call 911 or neglected them.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    ""In my mind, the best way to prevent a kid from screwing up in college (which, incidentiallly [sic], can be caused as much by slacking off and playing videogames with fellow dormers as it can by alcohol or drugs) is to give him/her more freedom in [high school]," lucifer11287 wrote Jan. 15 on collegeconfidential.com, a college admissions message board. "Contrarily, if a kid is used to drinking/partying and doesn't consider it novel, then they will probably know how to fit alcohol into a successful lifestyle."

    Lucifer11287 would probably have concluded that Matthew Pearlstone, a Cornell freshman who died of alcohol poisoning on March 17, the morning of St. Patrick's Day, while visiting the University of Virginia, was a novice drinker. But Matthew Pearlstone was lucifer11287.

    Pearlstone, 19, who was from St. Louis, Mo., had a history of heavy drinking. He partied regularly on weekends and occasionally during the week, though "during the week, he'd have trouble finding people to drink with him," his Cornell housemate, Philip Chow, recalled in an interview, repeatedly referring to his friend in the present tense. "So what he does is he usually calls his friends on the phone and then takes shots with them."

    The story of how Pearlstone died — accidental alcohol poisoning, the local coroner ruled — is not a unique one. About 36 college students die each year for reasons related to alcohol consumption, according to a recent analysis by USA Today. ..."

    In postings, a tragic portrait of defiance - The Daily Princetonian
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member

    If you drink, have friends who drink or have children of any age, know the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

    * Confusion, stupor
    * Vomiting
    * Seizures
    * Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
    * Irregular breathing
    * Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
    * Low body temperature (hypothermia)
    * Unconsciousness ("passing out")

    It's not necessary for all of these symptoms to be present before you seek help. A person who is unconscious or can't be roused is at risk of dying.

    When to see a doctor
    If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning — even if you don't see the classic signs and symptoms — seek immediate medical care. "

    Alcohol poisoning: Symptoms - MayoClinic.com
  • saxsax Registered User Posts: 5,428 Senior Member
    Thank you for your posts, nsm.
  • BigGBigG Registered User Posts: 3,885 Senior Member
    Bear in mind that if you have "had a few" also, your judgement is suspect.

    An unresponsive human being needs medical care. If you can't wake them up, call the EMTs.

    It won't be the first overindulged ungraduate they have attended to and won't be the last

    There are no disciplinary consequences as severe as attending the funeral of a dead friend you might have saved :(.
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