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Author: Jennifer Wetzel

Siri ‘butt dial’ to 911 brings rescuers to trapped victim

Aug. 14, 2015—A Vanderbilt patient who survived the unthinkable has brought a whole new meaning to the term “butt dialing” and believes that prayer, along with a little help from Siri, saved his life. Sam Ray, 18, was never a fan of Siri, the hands-free virtual assistant on Apple iPhones, until he found himself pinned under his...

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VUMC physicians urge caution this week to avoid heat-related illnesses

Jul. 13, 2015—With temperatures holding steady in the upper 90s and even reaching 100 degrees this week, doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are urging Middle Tennesseans to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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Vanderbilt doctors urge caution with Fourth of July fireworks

Jun. 29, 2015—Fireworks and the Fourth of July can be a dangerous mix. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center urge caution with consumer fireworks and suggest leaving these displays to the experts.

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Vanderbilt doctors urge caution with Fourth of July fireworks

Jun. 29, 2015—Fireworks and the Fourth of July can be a dangerous mix. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center urge caution with consumer fireworks and suggest leaving these displays to the experts. Vanderbilt doctors annually treat burns and eye injuries and even see patients with hearing loss due to fireworks usage. “Fireworks are explosives and need to...

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Grant significantly expands Vanderbilt’s autism training for Tennessee educators

Jun. 17, 2015—The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) has awarded a five-year, $10 million training grant to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), continuing a 16-year partnership to provide education and training opportunities for school personnel throughout the state.

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Attending CMA Fest? Get these safety tips

Jun. 10, 2015—Vanderbilt LifeFlight officials are urging festival-goers to take necessary precautions against heat-related illnesses, sunburn, alcohol overconsumption and even blisters from improper foot care to make the event more enjoyable.

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Vanderbilt offers safety tips for CMA Music Festival

Jun. 10, 2015—As Nashville welcomes visitors from around the world to the CMA Music Festival this week, Vanderbilt LifeFlight officials are urging fans to take necessary precautions to avoid illness and injury. Nearly 500 patients were treated at the 2014 festival for a variety of issues including heat-related illnesses, sunburn, alcohol overconsumption and even blisters from improper...

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Slovis receives Community Service Award from Nashville Police Department

May. 28, 2015—The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) presented its Community Service Award to Corey Slovis, M.D., professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, at a recent ceremony at the Music City Center.

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Preventable injuries fill Vanderbilt University Hospital each Memorial Day; doctors urge safety on upcoming holiday weekend

May. 22, 2015—With the Memorial Day holiday upon us, doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are preparing for what is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year. Victims of automobile, boating, motorcycle, swimming and all-terrain vehicle accidents flood Vanderbilt each year during this holiday weekend, which is considered the official kick-off to summer. “Many of...

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New center unites Trauma, Burn, Emergency Surgery

Apr. 9, 2015—The Clinical Services of Trauma, Orthopaedic Trauma, Burn and Emergency General Surgery are formally joining forces to form The Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn and Emergency Surgery. Vanderbilt University Medical Center operates the only certified Level 1 trauma facility in Middle Tennessee.

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New center strengthens ties with area EMS personnel

Apr. 2, 2015—A newly established center will serve as a central repository of Vanderbilt resources for the region’s emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

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Vanderbilt trauma surgeons see increase in motorcycle crashes with springtime weather; urge proper helmet use

Mar. 20, 2015—As spring arrives and outdoor recreational activities increase, trauma surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are already seeing an increase in serious motorcycle accidents. Last Sunday as temperatures rose across Middle Tennessee, VUMC treated five motorcycle accident victims. Unfortunately, one of these victims sustained injuries that were not survivable. Spring brings the arrival of “trauma...

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