Mass-Gathering Medical Care in Electronic Dance Music Festivals

Kathleen M. FitzGibbon, Jose V. Nable, Benjamin Ayd, Benjamin J. Lawner, Angela C. Comer, Richard Lichenstein, Matthew Levy, Kevin G. Seaman, Ian Bussey

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Introduction: Electronic dance music (EDM) festivals represent a unique subset of mass-gathering events with limited guidance through literature or legislation to guide mass-gathering medical care at these events. Hypothesis/Problem: Electronic dance music festivals pose unique challenges with increased patient encounters and heightened patient acuity under-estimated by current validated casualty predication models. Methods: This was a retrospective review of three separate EDM festivals with analysis of patient encounters and patient transport rates. Data obtained were inserted into the predictive Arbon and Hartman models to determine estimated patient presentation rate and patient transport rates. Results: The Arbon model under-predicted the number of patient encounters and the number of patient transports for all three festivals, while the Hartman model under-predicted the number of patient encounters at one festival and over-predicted the number of encounters at the other two festivals. The Hartman model over-predicted patient transport rates for two of the three festivals. Conclusion: Electronic dance music festivals often involve distinct challenges and current predictive models are inaccurate for planning these events. The formation of a cohesive incident action plan will assist in addressing these challenges and lead to the collection of more uniform data metrics. FitzGibbon KM , Nable JV , Ayd B , Lawner BJ , Comer AC , Lichenstein R , Levy MJ , Seaman KG , Bussey I . Mass-gathering medical care in electronic dance music festivals. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017;32(5):1–5.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
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StateAccepted/In press - Jun 19 2017

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Keywords

  • electric dance music festival
  • emergency care, prehospital
  • mass-gathering medical care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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FitzGibbon, K. M., Nable, J. V., Ayd, B., Lawner, B. J., Comer, A. C., Lichenstein, R., ... Bussey, I. (Accepted/In press). Mass-Gathering Medical Care in Electronic Dance Music Festivals. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X1700663X

Mass-Gathering Medical Care in Electronic Dance Music Festivals. / FitzGibbon, Kathleen M.; Nable, Jose V.; Ayd, Benjamin; Lawner, Benjamin J.; Comer, Angela C.; Lichenstein, Richard; Levy, Matthew; Seaman, Kevin G.; Bussey, Ian.

In: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 19.06.2017, p. 1-5.

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FitzGibbon, KM, Nable, JV, Ayd, B, Lawner, BJ, Comer, AC, Lichenstein, R, Levy, M, Seaman, KG & Bussey, I 2017, 'Mass-Gathering Medical Care in Electronic Dance Music Festivals', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, pp. 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X1700663X
FitzGibbon KM, Nable JV, Ayd B, Lawner BJ, Comer AC, Lichenstein R et al. Mass-Gathering Medical Care in Electronic Dance Music Festivals. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2017 Jun 19;1-5. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X1700663X
FitzGibbon, Kathleen M. ; Nable, Jose V. ; Ayd, Benjamin ; Lawner, Benjamin J. ; Comer, Angela C. ; Lichenstein, Richard ; Levy, Matthew ; Seaman, Kevin G. ; Bussey, Ian. / Mass-Gathering Medical Care in Electronic Dance Music Festivals. In: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2017 ; pp. 1-5.
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