First Aid Team Ready for All-Star Events
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A team in red could wind up being your MVP’s of All-Star week. They’re first aid providers from the University of Kansas Hospital who will be at 45 events across the metro area.
More than 100 nurses, emergency medical technicians and others will be at first aid stations, and they’ll be roaming in the crowds. The team will provide free care for those with heat exhaustion, headaches, stomachaches, cuts and bruises.
“If there’s a trauma or someone who’s having chest pain, we’ll make sure those patients get taken care of in the appropriate venue, ” says Tammy Peterman, KU Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer.
Each first aid station will have 32 medicines. The KU team avoided a strike-out when it comes to some medicines, such as ondanseteron for nausea, that are in short supply nationally.
“We also have I-V fluids for dehydration which given the weather is likely to be a situation that we’ll see,” says Brian O’Neal of the KU Hospital pharmacy.
Ah, the weather. That brings us to the KU staff’s top tips.
Peterman says to drink plenty of water before you go to an event, and keep drinking water during the event. She also says to wear sunscreen, and to practice moderation when it comes drinking alcohol and eating.
O’Neal advises to bring your meds such as asthma inhalers.