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J Korean Soc Traumatol. 2009 Dec;22(2):179-183. Korean. Original Article.
Lee KM .
Department of Emergency Medicine, Inje University`s Seoul Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea. gallop94@hanmail.net
Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was conducted to determine the level of medical care required for mass-gatherings and to describe the types of illness and injury that may occur during demonstrations. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of the medical records for patients injured during demonstrations. RESULTS: From May to August at 2008, a total of 932,000 participants attended demonstrations. Most patients were occurred from June to July, a total of 126 patients were evaluated and treated at the emergency center of our hospital. The mean patient age was 31.8+/-9.8 years, and men predominated over women. The vast majority of patients were experienced trauma (88.9%). The diagnostic categories were contusion (49.2%), laceration (20.6%), fracture (6.3%), syncope/dizziness (5.5%), ocular injuries (3.9%), dyspnea (3.9%), other trauma (3.1%), and abdominal complaints (1.5%). Two patients were admitted. CONCLUSION: The rate and the acuity of patients seen at these demonstrations was low. Nevertheless, a full on-site physician and transportation system is recommended during similar incidents.

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