State Fair Health Care and Health Information Cards
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 and adult 4-H state fair participants must have submited an up-to-date 4-H Member health information if necessary at the time of final registration.
Handicapped members and participants with health concerns should be identified on the housing report by marking an asterick(*) 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
- 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.