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Epinephrine in the ambulance
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seeit2 posted:
I must be pretty naive... I assumed that epinephrine was standard in ambulances...this article is related to EMS in NY state, I have no idea what the policies are in other states...what do you think? I would be beside myself if my child was having a reaction and the ambulance techs did not have epi....

http://www.faiusa.org/?page=All_New_York_State_Ambulances_to_Carry_Epinephrine
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LittleTandMe responded:
What the frik! I assumed that epinephrine was standard too! I mean, it doesn't take up much room, and I believe it has benefits for other than allergic reactions, it raises heart rate right?

It makes me want to get a couple more prescriptions of epi and just hoard it.
 
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mrswhitecastle responded:
Yikes! Like you, I assumed that it would be standard.
 
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KatieS83 responded:
thought it was standard too. Especially with the increase of severe allergies now a days.
 
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deluxehd responded:
Amazing! Who would have thought? Mine is always with me. You never know until you ask - that's an understatement in this case.
 
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KityKatK8 responded:
Wow, I would have thought, too. I have heard that you may want to carry 2 with you, in case the first isn't enough, but I have never felt comfortable with that idea, I wouldn't want to overdose my husband. So, yeah, if you need a second epi, it should be in the ambulance. Wow.
 
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Mainemommy replied to KityKatK8's response:
welcome to my world i can probably guareentee (can't sp) its not on a Maine bus. In my rural area they can only intabate and can not even give you your inhaler
 
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jdlevy responded:
Sorry for the late response, but I remember being told that when you call 911 for an anaphylactic reaction that you have to tell them that about the epi so that they make sure to have it in the ambulance that is responding.
 
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LittleTandMe replied to jdlevy's response:
I had asked my friend about this, she is a nurse in GA. Epi is in their ambulances. It can also be used for heart failure, instead of or as well as atropine. She said it actually works better than atropine, which is why they carry it.
 
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mrswhitecastle responded:
I was talking about this with my mom, and she brought up an excellent point. What about EpiPen Jrs? Do any ambulances carry epinephrine doses for children? I don't know if a regular EpiPen would be any good for Emily.

Thoughts?
Emily (5 - allergic to tree nuts) Elizabeth (3)
 
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MsYoya responded:
I found out (thank goodness) that the ambulances in Albuquerque, New Mexico carry epi pens. I was at a public place, having an anphylactic reaction. The ambulance that arrived had been dispatched for another person having chest pain. However, when they saw me they treated me first instead, administering an epi pen, which immediately started reversing my symptoms.
 
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crunk05177 replied to MsYoya's response:
Oh no! Thank god they had them! Glad you are ok!


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