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Mass Gathering Medicine is a field of medicine which deals with health effects/risks of mass gatherings,[1][2][3] that generate a higher incidence of injury and illness, may be the subject to a catastrophic accident or attack with large numbers of injured or dead persons.[4][5]

Such factors as the weather, duration of the event, movement of the crowd, containment of the event (fenced/contained or not), availability of alcohol/drugs, the density of the crowd et al., possibility for spreading of communicable diseases all influence the health care at mass gatherings.[6][7]

Purposes of Mass Gathering Medical Services at an event[8] are: rapid access to the injured or ill patients, effective stabilizing and transporting injured or ill patients, on-site care for minor injuries and illnesses. Mass gathering medicine support requires planning.[9]

The World Health Organization supports Member States hosting mass gatherings.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://pdm.medicine.wisc.edu/Volume_22/issue_2/arbon.pdf
  2. Arbon P: Mass gathering medicine: A review of the evidence and future directions for research. Prehosp Didast Med 2007;22(2):131-135
  3. "Public Health Preparedness for Mass Gatherings". Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  4. Franaszek J:Medical care at mass gatherings. Ann Emerg Med 1986;15:60-61
  5. Thompson JM et al.:Level of medical care required for mass gatherings: The XV Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Ann Emerg Med 1991;20(4):385-390
  6. Milsten AM et al.:Mass gathering medical care: A review of the literature. Prehosp Disast Med 2002;17(3):151-162
  7. "Communicable disease alert and response for mass gatherings" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  8. De Lorenzo RA:Mass gathering medicine: A review. Prehosp Disast Med 1997;12(1):68-72
  9. http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/massgatherings.html Public Health Preparedness for Mass Gatherings
  10. "Mass Gatherings and Public Health" (PDF). 2007. Retrieved 2010-11-04.