State Fair Health Care
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.
Health information for adult volunteers is required for individuals who travel out of county as a Minnesota 4-H volunteer. This information should be entered directly into the volunteer profile in 4HOnline. Information about logging in to 4HOnline can be found here. If accessing 4HOnline is not an option, the health information page of the volunteer re-enrollment form should be used.
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
- A special considerations form is available at extension offices - use this form to inform nurses, dorm staff or state fair staff of 4-Her or chaperone needs.
- Members should bring broken-in, comfortable shoes. Blisters and sore feet are NO FUN!
- Members with allergies should bring their usual allergy medicines. Since this is a pre-existing condition, 4-H does not pay for a visit to the doctor and prescriptions cannot be written without seeing a doctor.
- Educators: Please determine if any of your participants have any conditions requiring the bottom bunk and note it on the housing form. It's much easier for the dormitory staff, and less embarrassing to participants, to make assignments to bottom bunks than to change them after encampments arrive. Nurses may require participants to change bunks. They will review every member information sheet and record in which bunk those with medical problems are sleeping.
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.