Haddon matrix analysis of medical preparedness for mass gathering music festivals





Haddon matrix, mass gathering event medicine, public health preparedness


Beginning in the 1960s as a tool to disaggregate complicated auto injuries, the Haddon matrix has evolved into a modern method of analyzing complex public health challenges. Throughout the United States and internationally, music festivals have become a rapidly growing and increasingly complex area of mass gathering medicine. Given the austere environment and inherent challenges of providing medical care during a music festival, we utilized a modified Haddon matrix. The objective is to assess the relevant human, physical, and sociocultural factors that impact these festivals throughout the pre-event, event, and post-event time periods. This will ensure an all-hazards preparedness approach to the historically high incidence of traumatic injuries and polysubstance abuse, coupled with modern challenges such as infectious diseases and acts of intentional violence.

Author Biographies

Andrew J. Rosenblum, MSPH

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Christopher M. Wend, BS, NRP

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC

Asa M. Margolis, DO, MPH, MS

Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland


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How to Cite

Rosenblum, MSPH, A. J., C. M. Wend, BS, NRP, and A. M. Margolis, DO, MPH, MS. “Haddon Matrix Analysis of Medical Preparedness for Mass Gathering Music Festivals”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 16, no. 3, Sept. 2021, pp. 225-32, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2021.0405.