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Mass-gathering medical care: a review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12627919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
METHODS: An extensive review was conducted using the computerized databases Medline and Healthstar from 1977 through May 2002. Articles selected contained information pertaining to mass-gathering variables. These articles were read, abstracted, analyzed, and compiled.
RESULTS: Multiple variables are present during a mass gathering, and they interact in complex and dynamic ways. The interaction of these variables contributes to the number of patients treated at an event (medical usage rate) as well as the observed injury patterns. Important variables include weather, event type, event duration, age, crowd mood and density, attendance, and alcohol and drug use.
CONCLUSIONS: Developing an understanding of the variables associated with mass gatherings should be the first step for event planners. After these variables are considered, a thorough needs analysis can be performed and resource allocation can be based on objective data.
Andrew M Milsten; Brian J Maguire; Rick A Bissell; Kevin G Seaman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prehospital and disaster medicine     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1049-023X     ISO Abbreviation:  Prehosp Disaster Med     Publication Date:    2002 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-11     Completed Date:  2003-03-27     Revised Date:  2011-12-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8918173     Medline TA:  Prehosp Disaster Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  151-62     Citation Subset:  T    
University of Maryland, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1734, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anniversaries and Special Events*
Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*,  utilization
First Aid* / utilization
Mass Behavior*
Needs Assessment
United States

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