Frigid Weather Takes Toll On Inauguration Crowd

11:55 AM, Jan 21, 2009   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of people who attended the inauguration sought medical assistance at first aid stations on the National Mall, mostly for falls and hypothermia.

Gretchen Michael, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said about 490 patients have been seen, with 31 taken to area hospitals.

White tents were set up for people to receive care.

Kendra Carter, a registered nurse with the U.S. Public Health Service, says her station between the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial saw at least 20 people with hypothermia.

Carter says many people who stopped in just wanted to warm up for a while.


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