17 January, 2020

Impact of mass gatherings on ambulance services and emergency departments

I presented at the Qatar Health 2020 conference regarding the impact of mass gatherings on ambulance services and emergency departments. Qatar Health 2020 is a collaborative effort between Hamad Medical Corporation and the Ministry of Public Health in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

In particular, this presentation highlights:
  • the host population to event population relationship
  • frameworks for understanding the impacts of mass gatherings
  • current literature to inform practice
  • case studies relating to music festivals, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games


Arbon, P., Bridgewater, F. H., & Smith, C. (2001). Mass gathering medicine: a predictive model for patient presentation and transport rates. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 16(3), 150-158.

Catherine Delany. Master of Emergency Nursing (Dissertation). A retrospective analysis of drug and alcohol-related patient presentations to the Gold Coast Health emergency departments during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Supervisors: Julia Crilly, Jamie Ranse.

DeMott, J. M., Hebert, C. L., Novak, M., Mahmood, S., & Peksa, G. D. (2018). Characteristics and resource utilization of patients presenting to the ED from mass gathering events. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 36(6), 983-987.

Gold Coast Public Health Unit. (2019). Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Summary Report. Retrieved from: https://www.goldcoast.health.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/GC2018%20Public%20Health%20Summary%20Report%20Final%20.pdf

Hughes, H. E., Colón-González, F. J., Fouillet, A., Elliot, A. J., Caserio-Schonemann, C., Hughes, T. C., ... & Lake, I. R. (2018). The influence of a major sporting event upon emergency department attendances; A retrospective cross-national European study. PloS one, 13(6), e0198665.

Lund A, Turris S, Bowles R, Steenkamp M, Hutton A, Ranse J, Arbon P. (2014). Mass gathering health research foundational theory: Part 1 Population models for mass gatherings. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 29(6):648-654.

Ranse, J., Hutton, A., Keene, T., Lenson, S., Luther, M., Bost, N., ... & Hayes, C. (2017). Health service impact from mass gatherings: a systematic literature review. Prehospital and disaster medicine, 32(1), 71-77.

Ranse, J., Lenson, S., Keene, T., Luther, M., Burke, B., Hutton, A., ... & Crilly, J. (2019). Impacts on in‐event, ambulance and emergency department services from patients presenting from a mass gathering event: A retrospective analysis. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 31(3), 423-428.

Ruest, S. M., Stephan, A. M., Masiakos, P. T., Biddinger, P. D., Camargo, C. A., & Kharasch, S. (2018). Substance use patterns and in-hospital care of adolescents and young adults attending music concerts. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 13(1), 1.

Shirley (Yunjing) Qiu. Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), First Class. A retrospective cohort study evaluating the impact of a mass gathering (the 2018 Commonwealth Games) on emergency department presentations with communicable diseases. Supervisors: Julia Crilly, Jamie Ranse, Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Turris S, Lund A, Hutton A, Bowles R, Ellerson E, Steenkamp M, Ranse J, Arbon P. (2014). Mass gathering health research foundational theory: Part 2 Event modelling for mass gatherings. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 29(6):655-663

Reference from this presentation: Ranse J. (2020). Impact of mass gatherings on ambulance services and emergency departments; invited speaker for Qatar Health 2020, Doha, Qatar, 17th January.


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