Characteristics of patients at A Taipei summer rock concert festival

Wei Fong Kao, Chien Chun Kuo, Hsing Chang, Wei Lung Chen, Chien Hwa Wei, Hsien Hao Huang, David H.T. Yen, Jer Kan Wu, Shune Miao, Chen Hsen Lee

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Background. Rock concerts are popular mass gatherings in Taiwan. Millions of fans participate in rock concerts in Taiwan each year. However, there were no reports on the characteristics of the patients seen in rock concerts in Taiwan. Methods. Medical care for a summer rock concert festival held in an outdoor stadium in Taipei was coordinated by emergency physicians of a medical center. About 50,000 attendees participated in the two-night concert. Three stations were set up to provide advanced medical care. A standardized form was used to collect information about patients. Results. A total of 28 cases visited the medical stations, fourteen cases each day. They were aged from 13 to 40 years, with an average of 20.8 ± 6.4. Twenty-one cases were female and seven were male. Twenty-two (79%) were spectators, five (18%) were on-duty staff, and one was a by-stander. Based on an estimation of totally 50,000 participants in the stadium for this two-night festival, the medical use rate was roughly 5.6 PPTT (patients per ten thousand attendees). The most common major problem was fainting which accounted for 13 cases (46%). Of these 13 cases, three cases (23%) lost consciousness and 12 cases (92%) were female. Sixteen cases (57%) were classified as requiring ALS (advanced life support) and 12 cases (43%) as requiring BLS (basic life support). Most cases improved and were discharged after onsite treatment. Only one case was transferred by ambulance due to persistent chest pain. However, she recovered several hours later. Conclusions. By this preliminary data, first reported in Taiwan, we found that the most common problem was fainting. More than half of the cases seen at the concert required advanced life support. A well-designed emergency medical service (EMS) system is mandatory to provide services for these events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-530
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Medical Journal (Taipei)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Emergency medical services
  • Mass gatherings
  • Rock concert

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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