Hey! Thanks for watching DrugsLab Extra! In Drugslab extra we answer your questions regarding the world around drugs So if you have a question leave it down in the comments and maybe we will answer it in the future The festival season is in full swing because it is summer! Everyone has a drink, uses some drugs but it is also very hot, and if that makes you feel ill, you can go to first aid. I’m checking out the first aid post today, being very curious what it’s like, since i’ve never been there myself. Hey Mark! How are you? Normally you are our first aid at Druglab, aside from that you also work at festivals. What is your job here exactly? Do you party yourseIf? I remain sober, and with my team we run the medical post and treat those who become unwell. I have never been to a first aid post, this will be my first time so I’ll just follow you. Hey Mark, when you attend a festival, what preparations require extra attention? First of all, you need to be well rested. The weather is also very important, especially for outdoor festivals the weather can have a big influence. It can be very hot or very cold, or the weather might suddenly change Like changing from hot weather into heavy downfall. So you need to wear the appropriate clothing. When it comes to drugs and alcohol you need to make sure your drugs are tested before taking them How many people visit the first aid tent in one day on average? That is dependant on a lot of factors, but on average at dance events we expect between 30-60 people per 10,000 visitors. What are the most frequent health issues you encounter? We mostly see small physical injuries, wounds, sprain, insect bites and so forth, accouting for around three quarters of our total patients. Then around one third, is medical: feeling unwell, going too hard on alcohol or drugs When is it recommended to go to the first aid? Always, be it only for a nice chat No but you can also ask questions regarding prevention. Questions about alcohol and drugs. You should also come if you have a small physical injury or more generally, when you’re in doubt. If, your’re not sure, just come to us and get it checked out. Or if you’re unsure about a friend and you have some doubts, take them to first aid. They’ll look if it’s alright or not What drug problems do you encounter most often? Well, alcohol is almost always involved, or alcohol in combination with something else. Besides, you see a lot of ectasy, cannabis, sometimes you also see ketamine, cocaine and speed. Well i’m very curious what it looks like inside, can I come in please? Yes, welcome! First of all, people arrive at our frontoffice. They tell us about their health complaints mostly it is just a headache, they need a band aid or tampons or anything like that We’ll just give those to them right here. If the patient requires more, they are refered to our staff in the back, and treated futher over there. This is our observation room This is a place where people can recover if they are going too hard or if they are overheated And this is also where we treat small injuries. Here you see the first aid kit, medical meshes, adhesive tape disinfectant, all band aids, disinfectant, all bandages, all compression bandages, gloves, heat blankets, ice packs, thermometer. Drugs can increase or decrease your body temperature And some more stuff for blisters. Is this all you need? Yes, all that is required for small injuries in here. Besides, we also have what I call, drugstore medication. Just the regular paracetamol, nose spray and diarrhea inhibitors, heartburn tablets, hay fever tablets And also ear plugs, tampons and also very important: safety pins! So all minor injuries are treated here, and have have people who need rest. Looking around I only see chairs, no beds, why is that? no beds, why is that? That is on purpose When you feel ill or had too much to drink, when you lay down you never want to get up again. Our goal is to get the patients back to the festival in a responsible and safe manner. If they lay down here, they will be asleep for hours for which we have neither the time nor space for. So as long people can sit down, we let them sit. If it is more severe, if the patient really needs to lay down and requires further examination, we have a special unit Yes this is what I had imagined for a first aid post. People here are examined further when their symtoms are worse like respiratory problems, and circulation problems. We have two beds, one normal and a heat blanket bed. Today it is very hot but some drugs can still cause very low body temperatures, alcohol and GHB mostly. We are also near a lake, and if someone goes in they might get hypothermia. In this bed they can warm up again. We also have a patient monitor With it we measure vital body signs just like in Drugslab heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, But we can also perform an electrocardiogram To test the heart function. I recognize this bag because you sometimes bring it to Drugslab. Yes, I bring it along sometimes In it are materials that can be used for stitching, IV’s, assisted ventilation and such All for when the problems are more serious. Here we have all the medication we might need. If patients require even more care we can call an ambulance and they will be picked up from here. Imagine I’m at a festival I’m not feeling well and I know I should go to the first aid but I’m too afraid to go because of all the questions they will ask. It is important to know that everything falls under medical confidentiality. We want to know a few things: your first name, birth date and the first two digits of your postal address. With that information we cannot trace you, but you can be traced back. It happens that people don’t remember what happened who contact us later to ask what happened Because we also note down your symptoms what we did to treat them and possibly if we have referred you to a doctor. It is all very limited amount of data which we use to justify our actions, and to improve future treatment in the context of risk analysis. How prevalent are certain complaints and what drugs do people in general take So we can improve our care in the future I would be afraid they’d call my parents No, the rule is that for people over 18 we never call parents there are some exceptions for parties for 18 and under where we do call parents but for 18+ that is totally not the case You should view it as visiting your doctor it falls under medical confidentiality You are the patient, and it is between you and me. Someone used drugs, do they call the police if someone’s under the influence? Being under the influence in itself is not illegal (in The Netherlands) that is the reason that you can come to our post and confess what you used. Please do so because we can better place your symtoms if we know what you have used. it matters a lot if you used ketamine or LSD You can have similar symptoms but if we know we can better estimate how long the effects will last Just tell what you used, our goal is to get you back to the festival if it is medically responsible If not, then we ask you to go home If you can leave one piece of advice for festival attendees who are going to use drugs what would it be? Regarding medical care, Don’t be shy, even for small injuries just visit us at the first aid tent. From the moment you feel ill until the time you get medical care, the longer that period lasts, the worse your prognosis. Come as soon as possible, a quick fix or a small reassurement or hug and it’s over. Tell us what you used it’s not a problem at all it will only help you when you tell us. I think that’s good advice. Thank you. The take home message: if you don’t feel well, don’t be ashamed and go to the first aid because they are there to help you. They are your friends, not your enemies. And it is all anonymous, they’ll help you get back to the party safely This is Drugslab Extra for this week. Are you curious about a drug or do you want to know more about the world around drugs Leave a comment down below, like and subscribe I’m off to dance. See you next time.