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All Ambulances DO NOT carry epi -- Let\'s propose a new bill!!!

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By Donnamarie on Wed, 01-26-00, 19:01

I recently received a letter from the Food Allergy Network. I was shocked to learn that 41 states DO NOT have epinephrine in their basic ambulances. In my state, Maryland, I have to ask for a special "advanced life support" ambulance or a "cardiac" ambulance -- or else there is no epi!![p]
Unfortunately, only 9 states require all ambulances to have epi. So if you are not lucky enough to live in one of these states, (Florida, RI, Mass, NY, Oregon, Tenn, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming), calling 911 just ISN'T ENOUGH![p]
FAN requested that I contact my state legislature, since this can only be changed at the state level. I implore you to write or call your state legislature IMMEDIATELY! The life you save may just be your own. I also encourage you to have your friends and neighbors send their own letters, too, since every voice counts. [p]
This draft letter is taken from a letter which I personally sent to my state delegate. You may copy this letter word-for-word if you like. You can find the address and phone number of your state representatives in the white pages (look in the blue section marked "government"). Good luck! [p]
Donna
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State Delegate (name) [p]
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(capital city), (your state), (zip)[p]
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Dear Delegate (last name):[p]
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During the last election, I paid close attention to your campaign issues. You really seemed to care about your constituents. That is why I am writing to you.[p]
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My 5-year old son, Zachary, suffers from life-threatening food allergies. We are always vigilant with him. Even the slightest piece of a peanut or tree nut could cost him his life. Zachary and I need your help. [p][p]
All EMT's in Maryland are NOT equipped to save Zachary's life. Any caller to 911 must specifically request an "Advanced Life Support" (ALS) ambulance. In an emergency, a 911 caller may not know or remember to request an ALS ambulance. Sadly, allergies from food and insect stings result in over 175 deaths per year. ("food allergy basics, The Food Allergy Network).--Epinephrine can save the lives of these allergy victims, as well as the lives or severe asthmatics. But, you are in a position to save some of these lives. Delegate (insert name), you can make a difference to these victims.[p][p]
Delegate (insert name), Maryland law SHOULD require that ALL EMTs are equipped with and trained to use epinephrine. I beg you to propose this bill to the Maryland legislation. Zachary is depending on you --and so am I.[p][p[]
Thank you for helping Zachary live a safer life. I will call your office to follow up with you.[p][p]
sincerely,[p][p]
(your name)

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By on Thu, 01-27-00, 01:12

Donnamarrie,

What a wonderful idea!!!! I live in MD too and read same update from FAN. My son is 9 and does have his homemade EpiPen pouch he wears on his belt at school. Occasionally he forgets it ( a.m Teacher, nurse, two p.m. teachers and after school care each have EpiPen) We have several at home and one is always with me. I still am concerned about the times when it happens that he is without the medicine. Last time was on way back from Grandparents house. My husband brought it when taking sons there but forgot to bring it home- so son was without it on the ride home(about 1hour)Thankfully he didn't need it.
My son has multiple food allergies and has all the high risk factors for severe reactions. It would be a plus if MD ambulances all carried this medicine.

I plan on writing my delegate here in AA county.

JanB.

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By Mary Kay on Thu, 01-27-00, 04:14

I just tried posting a link for an article under the thread WA State EMT laws. Here is where the article is located: [url="http://eastsidejournal.com/sited/retr_story.pl/10455"]http://eastsidejournal.com/sited/retr_story.pl/10455[/url]

This is like the poster child for changing laws. Everyone should really contact their local fire stations to see how 911 calls are handled before going into complete panic though. Even though not many state require EMT's to carry epinephrine, your local emergency response team may always include a Paramedic, who does carry epinephrine.

FAN is working on this issue right now, so I would urge all of you concerned parents out there to contact FAN to find out how you can make a difference in your state.

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Mary Kay

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By Donnamarie on Thu, 01-27-00, 16:37

Thanks Jan and MaryKay for your excellent letters. We have such a small voice--but we can make a difference!

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By PattyR on Wed, 08-09-00, 19:24

I just contacted my local fire dept. and was told that ambulances in Wake Co., North Carolina do carry epinephrine. It is not a law in NC and not all counties do. It is worth a call to see if your county does. While doing research to find this out, I came across a link to an NC law regarding insect sting anaphylaxis. It seems that any individual who qualifies can take a two hour course to get trained to recognize and administer it. I spoke to an EMS supervisor who told me they can then keep the medication on hand and administer when necessary (I didn't see that part in the law). Wouldn't it be great if this could be expanded to food anaphylaxis. Currenly most people taking these courses are probably EMTs but anyone including daycare providers, restaurant workers, etc. can take them. Again, this currently only applies to insect stings but the timing could be right to lobby for a change! [url="http://www.ncems.org/reg-32i.htm"]http://www.ncems.org/reg-32i.htm[/url]

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By Maria Patullo on Fri, 09-29-00, 19:34

I agree we needto change legislation. I live in NJ and our rescue squads are volunteer and they carry nothing! We hve two MICU'S in a county that is over 30 miles square. These people do't have the time to wait! And many of these legislations don'T apply to People-children unless they come very close to dying. Once that happends Schools ect. can start to make exceptions. who want to wait for that. Do the people making these laws realize that these people don't always get a second chance.

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Thu, 04-12-01, 19:34

Here are some of the comments we just received from our members (by email) on EMT epinephrine legislation (we also are receiving phone calls on this issue).

If you have any information on any of the questions below please post them (this is best) and/or email us. If you are working on this type of legislation in a particular place such as New Hampshire (USA), start a new thread on this board and try to use a topic heading so others working on the same issue in your area will easily find your thread (this may help you find others interested in this type of legislation in your area so you can work together. Be sure to give them some kind of contact information so they can contact you such as an email address).

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Hi, I noticed my state, Michigan, is not among the list of states where
all EMTs carry Epi. Any progress going on here, and if so how can I
contribute to getting us on board??? Thank you.

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Hello,
I was wondering how the hearing went yesterday? Any decisions?
Thank you for all your hard work on behalf on peanut allergy sufferers. My ten year old daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and it certainly is comforting to know that someone out there is fighting and working towards a better lifestyle for all peanut/nut allergic people.
We don't even go to the corner store without our epi-pen so I know how
important it is.
Take care,

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I live in Richmond, VA and my two-year-old son has a severe peanut allergy. We currently have two Epipens (one for home and one for daycare). I was shocked and upset to find out that EMT's do not carry Epipens or even Benedryl for allergic emergencies. Please let me know how we can get some sort of legislation passed here. Thank You. I will do what I can to support other legislation around the US.

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How do I find out what our state (TX) legislation is on the topic of EMT's carrying epinephrine and any other issues?

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Hi ! Thank you for the notices. Our Grandson is very allergic to peanut oil so I appreciate this warning. Have a nice Easter. God Bless. Bet

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Is this just for the state of Massachusetts? I live in MN and I would like to see similar laws passed here. Please advise.
Thanks,

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My name is ***, and my 7 year old son has a fatal allergy to peanuts. If exposed, without the administration of epinephrine, he will die. I deeply urge the Mass. State legislature to pass bill 1757 which will be up for vote soon. This new legislation as you know will require E.M.T services to carry epinephrine on board. Frankly, I was shocked to find out that they don't. Such a simple injection will save lives if need be. Without epinephrine on board, it is simply a race to get to a hospital in time. For indivuals such as my son, there is not the luxury of time, and would surely be dead on arrival. Please, this is such an obvious necessity. Don't hesitate and pass bill 1757 soon. Sincerely,

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I am interested in what I can do to get similar legislation passed in New Hampshire.>>

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thank you for that update on the Epinephrine w/ EMT's in
Massachussetts. It is finally nice to see some peanut allergy information closer to home...

...I am however wondering if Epinephrine is carried w/ EMT's in New Hampshire as this is where I reside.

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Do you know if Ct requires EMTs to carry this? How might I find this out?

Thanks,

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How do I find out if Arizona has passed similar legislation (EMT's carrying epinephrine) or if they're even considering it?

Thanks and keep up the great work!

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Please vote this into effect

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Stay Safe,

[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Fri, 04-13-01, 04:56

More emails received>>

I can not believe, that this is not done yet in your state. A epipen can safe a life for many reason, NOT ONLY A PERSON WITH NUT OR PEANUT ALLERGIES BUT WITH MEDICATION A BEING STUNG BY A BEES ETC .

Good luck ............
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I have a son who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. We live in Georgia. Where can I get information regarding in what states are EMTs able to carry epinephrine in Emergency Medical Vehicles?

Please let me know. I am extremely interested in GA and MI, especially.

Thank you!

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Stay Safe,

[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Fri, 05-04-01, 00:16

WASHINGTON STATE USA

Girl's death prompts new law: EMTs can now administer life-saving medicine
Eastside Journal

media article follow link below

[url="http://www.eastsidejournal.com/sited/story/html/52090"]http://www.eastsidejournal.com/sited/story/html/52090[/url]

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