More effective and efficient event first aid


In 2012, KU Leuven university carried out a study into first aid provision at large-scale events. Belgian Red Cross-Flanders supplied the data.

KU Leuven analyzed the data collected by our first aid posts at Rock Werchter and TW Classic between 2009 and 2011. They also analyzed the case files held by University Hospital Leuven of patients taken to hospital for further treatment. This study is unique as it is the first time that data from both the festival ground and hospital have been analyzed.

The researcher concluded that more people are treated at Rock Werchter and TW Classic each year than at other festivals. However, the percentage of people requiring hospitalization is smaller. At festivals lasting for more than one day, the main reasons for seeking medical assistance are insect bites, skin wounds and blisters. At one-day festivals, headaches, insect bites and sunburn are the most common problems.

The study helps us to organize our event first aid more efficiently and effectively. It found, for example, that temperature has a big impact on the number and severity of complaints. We will therefore adjust the number of first-aiders according to temperature forecasts in future.

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