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August 26, 2013
Kathleen Paice 315 464-4839

Upstate physicians, nurses provide care at the New York State Fair Infirmary

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The New York State Fair Infirmary treated more individuals during the fair’s 12-day run last year than ever before, according to officials at Upstate University Hospital, whose emergency medicine nurses and physicians staff the infirmary. The infirmary opened in 2005.

In 2012, the infirmary treated 762 individuals, that’s up 23 percent from the 620 individuals it treated in 2011.

Officials say the increase in visits to the infirmary last year was most likely due to the weather, as Syracuse endured its hottest summer on record.

“Heat and the fact that people spend much of the day on their feet can lead to plenty of heat-related illnesses,” said Jeremy Joslin, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Upstate University Hospital. To avoid an infirmary visit, especially during hot weather, Joslin said to seek shade and stay hydrated.

Most common medical issues are asthma attacks, bee stings, blood sugar abnormalities, broken bones, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heart attacks. Most conditions can be treated at the infirmary, but ambulances are on stand-by in case hospital treatment is necessary.

The infirmary, which is staffed by Upstate medical experts, operates from about 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., during the fair, though emergency medical treatment is available 24 hours a day. The facility treats not only fairgoers, but those who work at the fair’s concession, rides and other attractions.

Located behind the Horticulture building, the infirmary is about 20,000 square feet, and includes a waiting room, triage area and 22 beds.

“During the run of the fair, when almost one million come through the gates, we need a medical facility that is ready and capable of taking care of a host of illnesses and a staff that has the training to meet such demand,” Joslin said.  “This infirmary is really a small hospital for a community that averages about 70,000 citizens a day.”

Infirmary visits during the New York State Fair:

2012: 762
2011: 620
2010: 595
2009: 457
2008: 430
2007: 591
2006: 351
2005: 456

Caption: Medical care at the New York State Fair infirmary is provided by Upstate University Hospital physicians and nurses.

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