Historically, the overwhelming concern of special event directors has not been safety or security. September 11, 2001, coupled with escalating litigation targeting special events and venues has changed that. Hence, new and intense focus has been drawn to the field of special events medicine and event preparedness. This new focus has revealed an urgent need for the development of a system that allows for maximum protection, using the most cost effective methods. To the credit of the event industry, every year more time and energy is devoted to addressing medical contingencies. Even so, events and venues frequently find themselves in uncharted territories and turning to doctors, nurses, and EMTs for guidance and service. Although these people may be very competent patient care providers in their respective settings, most medical professionals have little to no experience with special events medicine.
Until now there has been no reliable source of information or guidance for medical professionals. Adding to the difficulties, is the fact that there is no widely accepted standard or protocol which services can use as a model. The overwhelming challenge facing event directors today is largely due to scarcely available information and research. They are left to make relatively uninformed decisions on the best way to protect event patrons.