Mass-gathering medical care: a retrospective analysis

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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