Maine - Public Hearing - Epi & EMTs

Posted on: Mon, 01/07/2002 - 2:41am
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Now is the time to write/call your state senators & reps: On Tuesday 1/15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cross Office Building in Augusta, there is a public hearing regarding L.D. 2039, "An Act Regarding the Administration of Epinephrine by Emergency Medical Personnel". As a peanut allergic person and parent to a peanut/tree-nut allergic child, I will be there to testify to the importance of this legislation. I've heard that the Dept. of Public Safety opposes the bill because of the cost. Please urge your legislators to support this bill. THANK YOU.

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Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2002 - 6:33am
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[url="http://janus.state.me.us/legis/"]http://janus.state.me.us/legis/[/url]
LD 2039
An Act Regarding the Administration of Epinephrine by Emergency Medical Personnel
sponsored by
Representative David Trahan
phone number (207) 832-4132
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Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2002 - 8:40am
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The latest news on the status of this bill is that there is a compromise in the works which would put epinephrine into the hands of most EMTs. I don't know the specifics of the compromise... but if you live in Maine, please call or write your legislators and let them know we want epinephrine carried by ALL levels of emergency medical personnel. As you all know this is very important to anyone who has a food allergy, or who has a child with a food allergy, and it could SAVE A LIFE. thanks

Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2002 - 9:02am
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I am planning on attending this meeting.
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Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2002 - 9:56am
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What would you tell law makers to show the importance of first responders carrying epinephrine? How would you convince them of the seriousness of this issue?
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Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2002 - 11:41am
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I would tell them about this 7 month old baby. His grandmother gave him just a taste of peanut butter off her finger. Within seconds he was struggling for air. The EMT's made it to her house in less than 3 minutes and gave him a shot of epi less than 30 seconds after that. Because they carried epi and were allowed to administer it, I have my precious 5 year old son today.

Posted on: Tue, 01/15/2002 - 1:02pm
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Hi Boone,
Thanks, I used it.
Most of those that spoke told stories where the outcome was death due to no Epi, I did too...I also said how well it can go if the Emergency Medical Services has Epi with them when they arrive, as in your case.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/15/2002 - 2:19pm
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Maine state rep. A. David Trahan would like some info, if you could email it to us before 9 am that would be great as he is going into a work meeting on EMS (today they had a public meeting and there appears to be some opposition to LD 2039 from Maine Public Safety.
E-Mail: [email]EMT@PeanutAllergy.Com[/email]
He would like to know what states currently allow all levels to administer and carry etc. and which states have recently done this etc. Any info you have would probably be helpful.
Please post on this thread as well as email it if you are able. You can also fax anything you have to us 24 hours a day, at (603) 388-5483
Thanks
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Posted on: Tue, 01/15/2002 - 11:42pm
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Chris, check out FAAN's web site under "Advocacy". There's a whole section on EMTs and Epinephrine, and they grade each state on how well-equipped EMTs are. There are many states that have earned a grade of "A"; Maine is currently in the "C-" section - "needs improvement". Plus they just added an urgent notice regarding New Hampshire - looks like they have the same legislation in debate right now.
THANKS for your hard work, Chris! Sorry I couldn't make it yesterday.
Check out: [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy.html[/url]

Posted on: Wed, 01/16/2002 - 12:28am
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Hi Sarah,
Missed you at the meeting yesterday, your letter was read by your rep.
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I knew about the FAAN page with the A,B, or C grade (there is a pfd downloadable file also which you can print out etc.). Here is a link to that page
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy.html[/url]
I thought that I saw somewhere a list of states pending and others which have recently changed to allow. It may have been a list we compiled here or it may have been on the web somewhere. I thought someone may have knowledge of it and would remind me. I will look here at the office some more. If anyone does remember please contact me or post about it here. Thanks.
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