ST. CLAIRSVILLE Jamboree in the Hills is a celebration of fun and music, but medical faculties are available and fully staffed in the event of accidents or of people succumbing to the heat.
Stacey Trudo, medical tent director, said the first days of the Jamboree have seen little traffic through the tent. Medical personnel have had no complaints regarding the hot weather as of Wednesday, but recent rainfall has increased risks of slipping and falling.
"We're dealing with cuts and scrapes from falls and potential broken bones," she said. "Nothing due to the heat."
Stacy Toth and Karen Keadle of Cadiz stayed on their tarp in the rain Thursday, holding their front row seats for Jason Aldean.
ABOVE?PHOTO: Staff at the Jamboree In?The Hills medical tent treat injuries and afflictions during the four-day event.
Trudo added that the staff has seen its normal workload so far. Once the shows begin, she expects the medical staff to see between 50 and 70 patients daily.
She said complaints of heat, alcohol-related problems, and respiratory issues are among the regular difficulties that turn up during the Jamboree events.
She noted that three crews are stationed at the gates and four crew walk the venue in the event people in need of medical help are unable to reach the medical tent. Two physicians, several nurses and a paramedic are on hand.
She recommended Jamboree attendees take appropriate precautions such as the use of sunscreen and proper footware. She also advises people keep hydrated and those who are drinking alcohol should alternate with water.
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