Have You Checked With Your Ambulance Company?

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On May 1, 2010, ALL New York ambulances will be required to carry adult and pediatric doses of epinephrine on-board. Until that date, only ALS (advanced life support) ambulances carried this life-saving medication for those who suffer from anaphylactic allergic reactions.

Depending upon where you live, the ambulance you call may not have access to epinephrine. This could have tragic results.

Here is what you need to do if you or a family member may need this life-saving medicine:

Before there is a medical emergency, call your local ambulance company and ask them if they carry epinephrine in both adult and pediatric doses.

If they do not, explain your situation and ask them what they can and can not due in the event of a medical emergency.

Check the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis website (http://www.foodallergy.org/page/emergency-medical-services) to find which states are well-covered with ambulances carrying epinephrine and which states need improvement.

Always be prepared. Carry at least two doses of epinephrine and be aware of local laws affecting EMT's and epinephrine. Know the locations of hospitals when away from home.

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