Doctors using texts to assess fans who faint at festivals and gigs

Being able to text your mate could mean you're better

Doctors and nurses at festivals and concerts are using text messages to check if people who have fainted are well enough to go back into the crowd, it has been revealed.

It’s been claimed that being able to text your mates is a sign that you’ve recovered from fainting or a panic attack, and can leave the medical tent.

Doctors Mike Sinclair, David W Pigott and Katherine N Carpenter wrote in an article for the British Medical Journal outlining their findings.

“Three years ago we noticed that most of the patients who fainted or had panic attacks were teenagers, and as soon as they could use their mobile phones to send an SMS text message to their friends they did,” they wrote.

They added, “We decided to use this texting sign as an indication that patients had recovered from their faint or panic attack and were orientated and coordinated enough to be discharged back to the festival.”

According to the article being able to text, whether what you send makes sense or not, requires enough brain power to prove that you’re well.

The doctors worked at festivals and concerts helping music fans recover from being injured or fainting in rough crowds.

They explained: “This year at the Reading Festival we managed, with only one consultant anaesthetist, two accident and emergency nurses, one operating department practitioner, and two to four first aiders, to treat 142 patients in less than 60 minutes during the performance by Bloc Party and 130 patients in over 90 minutes during the performance by Rage Against The Machine.”