New epi pen law brings allergy suffers greater sense of security
Allergy sufferers say a new state law permitting more businesses to keep emergency epinephrine injections on hand provides them with a greater sense of security.
“So it gives me a little more piece of mind as a parent,” said Beth Ramos, whose 14-year-old-son Ray is a severe allergy suffer who always carries an epi pen. “He’s getting older. He’s wanting to just go do stuff with his friends. If it falls off, if he loses it, if he’s someplace where I know they already carry stock, it’s a little extra security blanket for me to let him go be a boy.”
Four years ago, eggs baked into a brownie caused Ray Ramos to have an allergic reaction which shut down his breathing. He credits an eip pen for saving his life.
Under the measure, signed into law Wednesday, summer camps, colleges, day cares, amusement parks, restaurants, sports arenas and other businesses can carry and administer the drug.
“That’ll just make it a little bit easier for us to access them and to have them on hand,” Camp Wawbeek nursing coordinator Kelsey Brahmstadt said. “With a lot of campers with allergies, or maybe they don’t know if they have an allergy, they forget their epi pen at home. So it’ll be nice to have them on hand and be available.”
The law requires all auto-injector sites to have trained employees who are protected from liability under Wisconsin’s Good Samaritan protections.