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 ...

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Letter: A heartfelt thank-you for life-saving actions

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As seen on the Wilton Bulletin

To the Editors:

Last month, at the Wilton Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, while on a deployment for Wilton CERT, an unfortunate freak accident occurred, and I gravely injured myself with a wound to the artery in my left wrist.

I was losing blood fast and time was not on my side. Luckily Firefighter Mike Blatchley and Lt. Gregg Kitik were already on the scene for the event itself ...

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Keep tabs on your internal temperature

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Weekend Warriors emerge from air-conditioned offices on Fridays to do battle with the lawnmower and that sand trap on the 16th hole. It‘s 82 degrees with high humidity today. Wizards use their genius to outsmart the effects on the body from hours of heat exposure with a few ice packs and some Gatorade. It’s 92 degrees and there is no breeze today. Warlocks are invincible and heat doesn’t endanger them or others for that matter…leaving a child ...

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The Shocking Truth about Electrical Injuries

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We all remember the fun we had as children when we shuffled across the living room rug while wearing wool socks and, with stealth-like precision, reached out with one finger to zap our sibling’s arm or better yet, their ear. Running for our lives to hide, we knew retaliation would be launched when we least expected it. We were also acutely aware that it was forbidden to stick a fork, our finger and especially our tongue in ...

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Drowning, Near-Drowning and Delayed Drowning

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After this year’s harsh winter, summer can’t seem to come soon enough. To many, especially children, summer means a new mermaid bathing suit, some super fast flippers and hot days spent at the pool, lake, and beach. There is lots of laughing, ice cream, protests against another application of sunscreen and everyone goes home happy and tired at the end of the day.

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WVAC) wishes this type of summer fun for all, but ...

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