Mass gatherings naturally come with a need for emergency medical services. Depending on the overall nature of the event, the venue, weather, and the number of people attending, there is a wide variety of cases where medical support is essential.
After all, crowds are made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals having their own experience at an event, and consequently the potential need for assistance depending on how they conduct themselves during that experience. Here are the most common medical situations at events where EMS is needed, and how medical staff prepares for a wide spectrum of complications.
Accidental injuries at an event are often directly related to the venue, size of the crowd, and overall nature of the gathering. Music festivals and concerts for example tend to be more prone to serious accidents since these events are often outdoors, involve more physical activity, and alcohol consumption.
EMS can help to alleviate local hospitals by addressing accidental injuries right on site, especially with really common injuries like strains and cuts. Medical staff will also know whether someone needs to see a doctor for their injury, like for common situations where a broken ankle can feel like a sprain in the heat of the moment. This ensures that event attendees receive the appropriate care they need to recover from their injuries, serious or not.
The most common accidental injuries at events include:
- Head trauma
- Broken Bones
- Strains and Sprains
There are a wide range of reasons why abdominal problems can present themselves at events, from food poisoning from vendors to underlying medical conditions. Nausea and vomiting is a fairly common medical situation that EMS addresses at large events, and technicians can quickly identify if the issue is temporary or a sign of something more serious.
The most common abdominal problems at events can include:
- Food poisoning
- Underlying disease
Heat related injuries are one of the most common occurrences at outdoor events, but can also happen at indoor arenas where crowds are close together. Heat related injuries can often be addressed by EMS without the need for hospital visits, especially those involving dehydration, exhaustion and headaches. However, EMS will also detect when participants are experiencing more serious symptoms that call for an ambulance such as heatstroke.
The most common heat injuries at events can include:
Substance Abuse Complications
Depending on the demographic of an event, alcohol and drug related complications can be one of the most common medical situations EMS will address. If an event is providing alcohol, the chances are fairly high that a small portion of attendees will need some form of medical support.
Music related events where the majority of participants are between the ages of 21 – 34 can also expect some form of drug use to take place, and subsequently someone needing medical assistance as a result. Just like accidental injuries, the range of substance related complications can be wide. While EMS can immediately provide care to serious situations like an overdose, they are also there to help those who may simply need emotional support.
The most common substance abuse complications at events can include:
- Mixing Substances
- Alcohol poisoning
- Bad trips
Respiratory complications are one of the more serious, yet common medical situations that arise at mass gatherings. Events where dust, smoke, pollen and other allergy aggravators create a greater need for EMS, especially when asthma attacks and other respiratory problems can easily present themselves for attendees. EMS can potentially save an attendees life by providing immediate attention to address someone who is having trouble breathing.
The most common respiratory problems at events can include:
Learn More about Valhalla Medics EMS Services
Valhalla Medics provides EMS services for a wide variety of events, including concerts, festivals, sporting events, private gatherings, conventions, and more. Our Event Medical Services ensure your event will have professional technicians, all the necessary equipment to address a multitude of medical situations, and on call ambulances. Contact us to learn more!