Burning Man medics feel the heat
By Justin Berton
The San Francisco Chronicle
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Before 10 a.m. Wednesday, medical supervisor Jonathan Washko already had seen one Burning Man participant whisked away by helicopter in critical condition, another with a broken left arm, another with a face burn from a fire accident, half a dozen people overcome by dehydration, and a stream of Burners with bloodied knees, stubbed toes and sunburned noses.
Washko, who is a director of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, the Reno-based medical agency that serves the festival, expects the infirmary to get more crowded as the weekend progresses and record numbers of attendees descend on the desert festival.
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