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MASSACHUSETTS EMS MAKES CHANGES TO SAVE LIVES

(UNION, NJ, March 1, 2010) “If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 9-1-1.”  Sounds reasonable enough.  If you are in need of immediate, life-saving, medical care, dial 9-1-1 and help will be on the way.  But what if you knew that your child or loved one is affected by a life-threatening condition and calling 9-1-1 would do nothing to save their life?  Until now, this has been the case for a group of individuals and families affected by adrenal insufficiency across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  As of  today, however, tens of thousands of Bay Staters affected by adrenal insufficiency can breathe a sigh of relief  knowing that new protocols for emergency medical treatments necessary to save their lives are in effect.

“Emergency medical response for individuals with adrenal insufficiency can mean the difference between life, disability and death,” explains Dina Matos, CARES Foundation executive director. “These protocols represent appropriate, and potentially life-saving, treatment for those affected by adrenal insufficiency.”

Recent CARES Foundation-sponsored research shows 75% of members wear medical alert id.  Many carry the necessary medications as well as keep doctor’s orders explaining their condition and need for immediate, appropriate medical care with them.  And yet until now under Massachusetts EMS protocols, there was nothing emergency responders could do to help them. 

“The Commonwealth’s EMS medical advisors have changed this to provide responders with the training, medications, and protocols necessary to treat those with adrenal insufficiency in case of emergency,” says Matos.

About CARES Foundation…
CARES Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of families and patients affected by Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) through pro-actively advancing research for a cure, educating the public and healthcare providers about all forms of CAH, advocating for universal newborn screening, and providing support services and resources vital to the CAH community world-wide.

About CAH…
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) is one of a group of adrenal insufficiencies including Addison’s Disease, hypopituitarism and other conditions whereby affected individuals do not produce vital, life-sustaining hormones (cortisol and aldosterone) or are steroid dependent placing them at constant risk of adrenal crisis.  Any time an individual with adrenal insufficiency is ill or under physical stress, they are at increased risk of adrenal crisis and therefore death.

For more information on CARES and CAH, please visit our website at www.caresfoundation.org or call 866-277-3737. 

CARES Foundation Contact:

Dina Matos, Executive Director (dina@caresfoundation.org)
2414 Morris Ave., Suite 110
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-364-0272
Toll-free: 866-227-3737
URL: www.caresfoundation.org

Massachusetts Contact:

Alexandra Dubois
Phone: 617.501.3523
Email: alex_dubois@hotmail.com

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