Fewer inauguration guests visit hospital

Twenty-five people sought medical treatment at the GW Hospital for injuries or illnesses related to inauguration festivities, according to a hospital spokesman.

The patients primarily sought treatment related to “falls, dizziness and weakness,” hospital spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said. The patients experienced no serious medical issues.

During the 2009 ceremony, the GW Hospital treated 91 patients for inauguration-related maladies. The hospital treated spectators, the most severe of whom experienced cardiac arrest and a small stroke.

Between 800,000 and 1 million spectators flocked to this year’s swearing-in ceremony, compared to a record crowd of 1.8 million in 2009.

None of the patients treated this Inauguration Day were transported by EMeRG, GW’s student-run emergency medical services.

One student was transported to a nearby hospital for intoxication during GW’s Inaugural Ball Monday night.

The hospital’s emergency room treated a total of 185 people on Monday.

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