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dc.contributor.authorCrilly, Julia
dc.contributor.authorRanse, Jamie
dc.contributor.authorBost, Nerolie
dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, Tonya
dc.contributor.authorTimms, Jo
dc.contributor.authorGilmour, Kate
dc.contributor.authorAitken, Michael
dc.contributor.authorJohnston, Amy
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: To describe patient presentation characteristics and outcomes for people aged 16-18 years pre, during and post a planned youth mass gathering event (MGE): 'Schoolies week' on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study, including patient presentations by all young adults requiring care in the ED or in-event health services (EHS) over a 21-day period in 2014. Data analysis included descriptive and inferential statistics. RESULTS: A total of 1029 patient presentations were made by people aged 16-18 years to the ED and EHS over the 21-day study period (139 pre, 695 during [275 in ED, 420 in EHS], 195 post Schoolies week). Some ED patient characteristics and outcomes varied between the pre, during and post Schoolies periods, such as patients age (P < 0.001), usual place of residence (P < 0.001) and not waiting for treatment (P = 0.015). Of the 24 375 registered MGE attendees, 420 (1.72% [95% confidence interval 1.57-1.89], 17.2/1000) presented for in-event care. Most patients were allocated an Australasian Triage Scale category of 4 (n = 162, 65.6%), with toxicology related presentations (n = 169, 44.9%). Transportation to hospital was undertaken for seven MGE attendees (0.03% [95% confidence interval 0.01-0.06], 0.3/1000). CONCLUSIONS: Establishment of an in-event model of care for 1 week during Schoolies served as an effective hospital avoidance strategy for a planned youth MGE. Such in-event models of care may be considered for other similar future MGE.
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEmergency Medicine Australasia
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsemergency department
dc.subject.keywordsmass gathering
dc.subject.keywordsspecial event
dc.titleEmergency healthcare delivery for young adults during a planned mass gathering: A retrospective observational study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationCrilly, J; Ranse, J; Bost, N; Donnelly, T; Timms, J; Gilmour, K; Aitken, M; Johnston, A, Emergency healthcare delivery for young adults during a planned mass gathering: A retrospective observational study., Emergency Medicine Australasia, 2019
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version
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gro.griffith.authorJohnston, Amy N.
gro.griffith.authorCrilly, Julia
gro.griffith.authorRanse, Jamie C.

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