Mass-gathering medicine

Mass Gathering Medicine is a field of medicine that explores the health effects/risks of mass gatherings and the strategies that contribute positively to effective health services delivery during these events.[1] .[2][3] The reason for the development of the field of medicine gives the fact that mass gatherings generate a higher incidence of injury and illness, may be the subject to a catastrophic accident or attack with large numbers of injured or dead persons.[4][5]

Mass Gathering Medicine is viewed as a niche field of prehospital care in emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia [6]

Among factors influencing on the demand for the health care at mass gatherings [7] are:

Key purposes of Mass Gathering Medical Services at an event[9] are:

The Department of Global Alert and Response of the World Health Organization supports Member States hosting mass gatherings .[10]

Mass gathering medicine support requires planning in advance.[11]

Medical journal The Lancet held a conference on Mass Gathering Medicine in October 2010 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia .[12]

In 2015, This Is Life with Lisa Ling filmed an episode featuring mass-gathering medicine with event medical specialists Dr. Andrew Bazos and Connor Fitzpatrick of CrowdRx, Inc. [13]

The inaugural Mass Gathering Medicine Summit was held in New York City on April 21-22, 2016. [14] The second annual Mass Gathering Medical Summit will be held in Las Vegas on February 10-11, 2017 [15]


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