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State Fair Health Care

General Information

A registered nurse is on duty 16 hours a day during the fair. The nurse's office is on the third floor of the 4-H Building and serves registered 4-H participants and chaperones only. All others must use the State Fair First Aid Station. All youth 4-H state fair participants must update (or have staff update) their health and emergency contact information in 4HOnline if needed, as soon as possible after accepting state fair trip. Adults must complete the 4-H Volunteer and Staff Emergency Medical Information sheet and submit it as part of their State Fair Registration.

Handicapped members and participants with health concerns should be identified on the housing report by marking an asterisk(*) beside the name(s).  Please indicate the concern and provide information regarding special needs that the nurse or other staff may need to provide maximum assistance.

Special Notes from the Nursing Staff

Health Care Policy at State 4-H Events

Each 4-H member and volunteer leader is covered by medical insurance during State 4-H event participation. A nurse has been hired to be on duty and the dormitory staff have access to an emergency vehicle 24 hours per day. All health concerns must be referred to the nurse because the health insurance will not cover trips to the emergency room without prior consent of the nurse on duty.

Should an accident or illness occur, the 4-H participant should be referred to or brought to the nurse immediately.  The nurse on duty will determine whether to refer the individual for further treatment. If this is not possible and the participant needs to go to the emergency room, it is the responsibility of the participant to notify the nurse of the incident so that the proper paperwork will be written up for insurance purposes. NO ONE EXCEPT THE NURSE ON DUTY IS AUTHORIZED TO SEND A PATIENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM UNLESS THEIR CONDITION IS OBVIOUSLY LIFE THREATENING. Should a life-threatening emergency occur, please do get the patient looked after, the nurse should be contacted as soon as possible and he/she will contact the hospital directly.

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