Traumatic Brain Injury: “Touch the Brain, Never the Same”

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The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides prehospital care to victims of traumatic brain injury. The most common causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries, and violence. Each year 50,000 persons die from brain injuries and 80,000 to 90,000 people experience long-term disability. Thus, there is a saying used by doctors, “Touch the brain, never the same”.

TBI is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by ...

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ABB Foundation Makes Generous Donation to the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.

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Wilton, Connecticut – The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. (WVAC) recently received a $20,000.00 donation from the ABB Foundation.   ABB moved its local offices from Merritt 7 in Norwalk to Danbury Road about a year ago.

“The ABB Foundation is committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities in which ABB employees live and work. We hope this grant will assist you in a meaningful way,” said Daniel Hagmann, S.V.P. & Chief Investment Officer, Regional ...

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Social Media’s “Cough CPR” Recommendation is Dead Wrong

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We have all heard the saying, “don’t believe everything you read on the Internet,” but oftentimes we fall for anything written by a so-called “medical expert” or is forwarded to us by a trusted source. False and dangerous medical advice is frequently posted on social media sites and then circulated like a highly contagious virus.

Not only does common sense seem to be vulnerable to these myths, but also basic facts of pathophysiology. Here, the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance ...

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Freezing from Your Nose to Your Toes: First Aid for Frostbite and Hypothermia

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With some of the coldest windchill temperatures coming tonight and tomorrow, The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps urges everyone to be aware of the risk and signs of frostbite and hypothermia.  The elderly and babies are most vulnerable to hypothermia, so please check on your neighbors!  For example, should an elderly person fall inside their home and not be able to get up, they can quickly succumb to hypothermia.  The cooler temperature of the floor, as well as ...

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Dying to Stay Warm: A Warning from the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and unfortunately a dangerous time of year due to the increase risk in carbon monoxide poisoning as people try to beat the cold during the cold winter months and during power outages during a storm. Carbon monoxide (CO) does not discriminate – the danger is real, no matter what you socio-economic status.

One aspect of carbon monoxide poisoning that makes it a “silent killer” is that the symptoms are often ...

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