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December 2021

The mosh pit experience: emergency medical care for concert injuries

Author(s): Samaddar, C., Milzman, D.

Journal/Book: Am J Emerg Med. 2000; 18: 62-3.

Abstract: Effective planning is essential for medical personnel preparing to provide emergency care at mass gatherings. At large concerts where audience members participate in "moshing," crowd surfing, and stage diving, there may be a potential for a dramatic increase in injuries requiring medical attention. Injuries seen at emergency medical stations at 3 concerts, all with large mosh pits, over 4 event days were recorded and evaluated. Each event day had over 60,000 attendees. A total of 1,542 medical incidents (82.9 per 10,000) were reported over the 4 event days. There were 37% (466 patients, 25.1 per 10,000) of incidents related to moshing activity. Hospital transport was required for 2.5% (39 patients, 2.1 per 10,000) of medical visits with 74% (29 patients, 1.5 per 10,000) of those transported being for mosh pit- related injuries. When planning emergency medical care for such concerts with mosh pits, the potential for an increase in the number of medical incidents and injuries requiring medical attention and hospital transport should be taken into account for efficient medical coverage.

Keyword(s): Adolescence. Adult. Dancing/injuries. District of Columbia. Emergency Treatment/methods/statistics & numerical data/utilization. Female. Health Planning. Holidays. Human. Male. Music. Needs Assessment. Planning Techniques. Transportation of Patients/organization & administration

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