Every year at the Mississippi State Fair, AMR treats a few people who have suffered significant injuries, most often from stumbling or falling.
Others suffer sudden serious illness such as trouble breathing, chest pain or a diabetic emergency.
According to AMR, paramedics and EMTs are on the fairgrounds every hour the fair is open to the public. The medics use electric carts converted into mini-ambulances to reach patients quickly and move them to a regular ambulance.
AMR offers these tips to avoid injury and illness at the fair:
· Wear shoes providing strong support for your ankles. Avoid cuts on the feet by wearing flat, closed shoes with good tread. Sandals and flip-flops are not adequate. Watch where you're walking.
· Walk, don't run.
· Stand on the pavement or sit on the benches provided. Don't sit on railings or other objects not meant to serve as seats. A “perch” can be hazardous.
· On arriving at and leaving the fairgrounds, cross the street only at crosswalks or other places security officers are present to allow crossing safely.
· Watch out for emergency vehicles at the fair and on nearby streets.
· If you are taking prescription drugs, stay on your prescription. If you're due a dose of a medicine while at the fair or may need an unscheduled dose there, bring the medicine with you. Don't skip doses.
· Keep close track of your children at all times. Teach them: “If you get separated from me, go to a police officer, deputy or medic.”
· To avoid heat exhaustion at the fair, drink lots of water starting a couple of days prior to your visit. Keep drinking plenty of water or sport drinks at the fair and afterward.
· Don't come to the fair intoxicated and stay sober. If your group is drinking, use a designated driver to get to and from the site.
· Dress appropriately for the weather. To avoid sunburn, use sunscreen and wear a broad-brimmed, loose-weave hat.
AMR serves 28 counties and they say they are Mississippi's busiest ambulance service. State health officials have reported AMR companies transported more than 40% of ambulance patients in Mississippi in 2013.
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