VUMC Offers Health Tips For CMA Festival

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 23:36:32-04

It's no secret. This is one of the busiest weeks in Music City.

With the kickoff to the Country Music Association festival and the Nashville Predators returning to Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has prepared for the large crowds.

"Every day we have more than 40 personnel spread throughout all of downtown. We have tents and roaming paramedics and nurses and physicians," LifeFlight director of ground EMS, Michael Wallace, said.

Wallace said many visitors aren't accustomed to Tennessee's heat. Drinking water and using sunscreen can help prevent heat-related illnesses.

"Get in the shade as much as you can. Stay hydrated, eat well, and don't have too much alcohol, and you'll have a great time in downtown Nashville," he said.

Medical teams will be spread throughout downtown in addition to six cooling stations.

"The sun is more intense than you might realize. It's easy to get sunburned, dehydrated," he said.

Battling the sun doesn't help, but people can walk into other problems, too.

One of the most common injuries has been blisters. It can happen to people especially visitors who want to buy a pair of cowboy boots and try to break in a new pair.

"Certainly easy with all the walking you'll be doing around in the community, it's really easy to get blisters. We will treat thousands of blisters during this event. There's just so much walking and everybody wants to have a pair of cowboy boots," Wallace said.