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 their patient assessment ...

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No Room in an Ambulance for a Boardroom

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In a former life I worked in Corporate America. Since defecting and taking refuge in the world of emergency medicine and cardiac education, one thing has become abundantly clear. I’d rather be working in the back of an ambulance than in the boardroom.

I found that the corporate environment distorts our perception of life, clouds our judgment and mangles the rational mind. The result is an inability to recognize true emergencies and respond appropriately.  Exaggerated jargon in the workplace creates a ...

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A Letter from the Babysitter

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The following account is based on a true incident.  Names, ages and circumstances have been changed to protect privacy.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Dom Perignon:

I had a great time babysitting your son on Friday night. We did a lot of coloring, Lego building, and even played hide-n-seek, which he won (of course). He was very good about brushing his teeth and getting into bed on time. I started to read Charlotte’s Web to him, but he fell asleep just before Wilbur ...

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Choking & Development Disabilities: What You Need to Know

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“You talk very easily of hours, sir! How long do you suppose, sir, that an hour is to a man who is choking for want of air?”
– Charles Dickens

Choking is a major cause of respiratory emergencies and cardiac arrest in infants and children. But there are other individuals who are also at high risk for choking, such as those with severe learning disabilities, Down syndrome, people who have an incomplete dentition, the elderly and those taking a significant number ...

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Suicide Prevention Connects Us All

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Survivors of traumatic injuries and illnesses face not only a long road to physical recovery, but also emotional recovery.  There may be an assumption by both patients and those in their lives that the mere survival of a traumatic medical event, such as stroke, heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, severe physical trauma and cancer would lead to long-term euphoria and joy due to survival of a life-threatening event. Perhaps in the initial days and weeks following the event, one may ...

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