File of Life

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When a Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) crew is dispatched to a 911 call, the first things the crew seeks to understand about their patient upon arrival are: a list of medications taken, an accurate medical history, existing conditions and allergies. Often the WVAC crew responds to a patient where this information is not readily available and critical time is spent to gather this information. Once it is gathered, the crew can then use the information in ...

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Understanding Head Injuries

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With winter ski season now in full swing, and spring bike riding right around the corner, the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) would like to remind the community about head injuries and the importance of wearing helmets. A head injury is any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or can be a serious brain injury.

On our various EMS calls, we see many patients with concern ...

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Sniffing Out a Medical Emergency Isn’t Just for the Dogs

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Every now and then there is a news story about a pet dog that is praised as a hero for alerting his owner to her undiagnosed cancer.  In addition, service dogs are trained to detect and warn their owners of an impending seizure, heart attack, high blood sugar, blood pressure problems, fainting, and asthma, just to name a few.  If only humans could smell the tell-tale signs of a medical emergency and summon help. Did you know ...

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WVAC 911: Sepsis Killed Kermit

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After complaining of a sore throat only two days prior, on May 15, 1990, famed puppeteer Jim Henson woke up at 2am; he was having trouble breathing, and was coughing up blood. Henson agreed to go to the New York Hospital two hours later, and by the time he got there he couldn’t breathe on his own. He had abscesses in his lungs. After two cardiac arrests, he died the morning of May 16, 1990 at age ...

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What You Need To Know Before You Say Good-Bye To Your Telephone Landline – Your Life May Depend On It

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You may think that getting rid of your telephone landline is a great idea because you will save money, not miss any calls and avoid having multiple phone numbers. In addition, you may feel safe and secure knowing that you have a phone with you at all times should you or someone else need help. However, there are two important factors you should be aware of that pertain to the most critical call you may ever make ...

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