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New Ambulatory Policy in New York State

As of 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.

Before this date only advanced life-support (ALS) ambulances were required to carry the life-saving medication. Other ambulances - basic life support (BLS) ambulances - have carried epinephrine on a voluntary basis, which means you can't count on them having it. Now, ALS ambulances are equipped with vials of epinephrine. BLS ambulances can meet the new requirement by stocking adult and pediatric auto-injectors.

I hope that these measures will be adapted in every state. Most parents of allergic children live with far too many "what if's" already...