All Ambulances DO NOT carry epi -- Let\'s propose a new bill!!!
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]
State Delegate (name) [p]
(capital city), (your state), (zip)[p]
Dear Delegate (last name):[p]
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]
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]
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