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Media Release: 'Successful Use of New Epi-Pen'

posted Sep 30, 2013, 9:23 AM by Admin 72   [ updated Sep 30, 2013, 9:25 AM ]

New Kingstown, PAIn May 2013, Silver Spring Ambulance and Rescue Association successfully obtained Pennsylvania Department of Health approval to carry and administer epinephrine auto-injector (Epi-Pen) devices.  This approval was granted following the training and approval of the Silver Spring Ambulance Medical Director, Dr. Rory O'Neill.  Silver Spring Ambulance was one of the first Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance services in the region to be equipped to provide immediate relief for a patient suffering from a severe allergic reaction. 

Recently, the Epi-Pen auto-injector was used when a patient experienced a severe allergic reaction to food that they had consumed.  When the BLS providers on-board Silver Spring Ambulance arrived they determined the patient was in severe respiratory distress caused by an allergic reaction.   The providers administered the Epi-Pen auto-injector, in which, the patient experienced relief of their symptoms.   The patient condition began to improve upon the arrival of Advanced Life Support (ALS) services provided by West Shore EMS.   The patient was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Malini Singer, Board of Directors Chairperson said, they hoped not to have a circumstance to use the Epi-Pen, but are very grateful and proud that Silver Spring Ambulance is prepared to immediately assist patients experiencing allergic reactions.  Deb Hoffman, Chief of Operations, urge the public to call 911 for an ambulance immediately if you or another person experience difficulty breathing as a result of an allergic reaction.  Both Hoffman and Singer emphasize that this can be a life threatening emergency.  


Admin 72,
Sep 30, 2013, 9:23 AM