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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:56 pm 
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I was given this news by another parent of a child with food :happydance allergies.
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Dear Friend of FAI,

We are pleased to announce that, beginning May 1, 2010, all New York State ambulances will be required to carry epinephrine, in accordance with a new policy issued by the state Department of Health's Bureau of Emergency Services.

Previously, only advanced life-support (ALS) ambulances were required to carry the life-saving medication. Although some basic life support (BLS) ambulances have carried epinephrine on a voluntary basis, others have not. ALS ambulances are equipped with vials of epinephrine. BLS ambulances can meet the new requirement by stocking adult and pediatric auto-injectors.

FAI has been advocating for this policy for more than two years. In 2009, as a result of these efforts, all New York City ambulances were required to carry epinephrine. "When a person has an anaphylactic attack, immediate treatment can be the difference between life and death," says Julie Menin, chairperson of Manhattan Community Board 1 and the mother of three young sons with life-threatening food allergies. "The New York City policy change was a great step forward, but until now, if you lived or traveled anywhere else in the state, treatment could be delayed until you reached the emergency room. This new policy is a major victory for food-allergic families throughout New York State."

FAI wishes to express its appreciation to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal (Assembly District 67), and State Senator Daniel Squadron (Senate District 25) for their support of this vital initiative. We also are grateful to Menin and the other dedicated advocates who have helped build a safer New York for food-allergic residents and visitors.

You can read the full policy statement at http://www.nyhealth.gov/nysdoh/ems/policy/10-01.htm.

Please be sure to visit http://www.faiusa.org for the latest news about food allergy research, therapies, and legislation.

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FAI supports research to find a cure for life-threatening food allergies; clinical activities to identify and treat those at risk; public policy to make the world safer fro those afflicted; and educational programs to make the hospitality industry, schools, day care centers, and camps safer.

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Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:28 pm 
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That is great news. So essential.

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