Dr Amtul Salam Sami
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 7, Iss. 11, 13 Nov 2015, pp 548 - 559

Background: Patient care at mass-gathering events presents a unique challenge both
in terms of organisation and the delivery of care.
Methods: We carried out a retrospective analysis of women and children
attending the designated first aid area of a large-scale international annual
religious event in Alton, Hampshire in the United Kingdom (UK). Data analysis
was done for the years 2011-2013, inclusive.
Results: There was a consistent increase in attendees with an associated rise in
the total number of patients. The top 10 medical conditions encountered remained
similar throughout the years 2011-2013. There was a significant burden of chronic
conditions in our cohort.
Conclusions: This study adds to the body of knowledge by providing conditions that
are commonly seen in a large-scale mass gathering setting. The patient demographic
highlighted in the results can be used to plan and prepare for future mass gatherings
in many different contexts.

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