Emergency Medical Services for Long-Distance Foot/Races

Sheng Chuan Hu, Chein Chung Kuo, Chang Hsing, David Yen, Wei Fong Kao

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Objective: To investigate the incidence of ill or injured persons utilizing emergency medical services (EMS) during long distance foot/races, as well as the planning of EMS in such types of mass gatherings. Materials and Methods: We conducted a prospective study from January through December 2002. We planned the EMS for and participated in 7 mass gatherings, which included marathons and foot/races. During planning we focused our attention on deploying first aid stations, and mobile rescue teams; developing an incident comment system including a commander, liaison, and triage personnel; as well as evaluting the needs for manpowers, equipments and medication; designing medical records and transportation tools; and selecting the receiving hospital including helicopter rescue. Results: Participants totalled about 61,000 people, and 3,728 patients utilized our services. The medical use rate was 6.1% (range, 0.39%-14.59%). Three patients (0.05%) were transported to a hospital for further treatment. Conclusions: Medical use rates during long-distance foot/races were about 6.1% on average. Only very rarely have to be transported to the hospital during such types of mass gatherings. Our experiences suggest that the planning of EMS during long-distance foot/races is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-389
Number of pages7
JournalTzu Chi Medical Journal
Volume15
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Mass gatherings

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Hu, S. C., Kuo, C. C., Hsing, C., Yen, D., & Kao, W. F. (2003). Emergency Medical Services for Long-Distance Foot/Races. Tzu Chi Medical Journal, 15(6), 383-389.

Emergency Medical Services for Long-Distance Foot/Races. / Hu, Sheng Chuan; Kuo, Chein Chung; Hsing, Chang; Yen, David; Kao, Wei Fong.

In: Tzu Chi Medical Journal, Vol. 15, No. 6, 12.2003, p. 383-389.

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Hu, SC, Kuo, CC, Hsing, C, Yen, D & Kao, WF 2003, 'Emergency Medical Services for Long-Distance Foot/Races', Tzu Chi Medical Journal, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 383-389.
Hu SC, Kuo CC, Hsing C, Yen D, Kao WF. Emergency Medical Services for Long-Distance Foot/Races. Tzu Chi Medical Journal. 2003 Dec;15(6):383-389.
Hu, Sheng Chuan ; Kuo, Chein Chung ; Hsing, Chang ; Yen, David ; Kao, Wei Fong. / Emergency Medical Services for Long-Distance Foot/Races. In: Tzu Chi Medical Journal. 2003 ; Vol. 15, No. 6. pp. 383-389.
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