In July, the “Epi for Dilly” act was introduced by Congressman Glenn Grothman in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. The bill, which is a federal bill, was introduced and is now onto the next step. The “Epi for Dilly” Act is Dillon’s Law with a few incentives for states that chose to implement it. Stay tuned for more updates. I’m hopeful that George and I will be able to visit our nations capitol and express our sincere gratitude for allowing us to be pioneers in saving lives in Dillon’s honor.
DO IT FOR DILLON
Thank you for your continued support.
Angel and George and trained 18 participants at Celebration Church on Saturday, January 25th. Now they are able to recognize a severe allergic reaction and administer an epinephrine auto-injector. PRAISE GOD! Saving Lives 1 class at a time. If your group in Wisconsin is interested in hosting a free 1 hour training course please email us. You can also take a course through the Red Cross.
The Indiana Osteopathic Association is working to get epinephrine auto-injectors in the hands of trained individuals to save lives. Representatives Barrett, Davisson, and others from the Indiana House of Representatives Public Health Committee have sponsored a bill based on Wisconsin’s “Dillon’s Law.” If it becomes law, individuals can go through state-approved training, purchase epinephrine at a pharmacy through a standing order, then carry it with you should you ever need it to help save a life.
For details see the post on the IOA Facebook page.
UPDATE: Indiana has now adopted their version of Dillon’s Law!!! Get trained, carry epi, save a life!
On January 16, 2020, Bellin Health Manitowoc hosted an after-hour event for the community to become certified to carry an epinephrine injector. It was led by certified instructor, Angel Mueller, a resident of Manitowoc County. Angel and her husband, George, have made it their life’s mission to train and certify as many people as they can so that others do not have to experience the tragedy their family did in 2014.
Their 18-year-old son, Dillon, died from a bee sting reaction and if epinephrine had been available, his life may have been saved. In 2017, Governor Scott Walker signed a law making Wisconsin the first state to allow an individual to become certified to obtain a prescription and use an epinephrine injector. This is called “Dillon’s Law.” Angel and George travel across Wisconsin providing an hour-long lecture and training for free. This course enables the participants to recognize a severe allergic reaction
and administer the life-saving medication epinephrine. At the completion of the course, participants were given certificates, good for four years, and information on how to obtain a prescription for an epinephrine injector at low or no cost depending on what brand they choose. If anyone is interested in having Angel do a free hour-long training course, she can be reached at (920) 905-3863, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Frankin Fire Dept. used their training from the state certified course to save another life. When first responders called the station and asked them to respond to the call the fire fighters moved into action. All EMS from the area knew that New Frankin F.D. had been trained and had epinephrine autoinjectors on hand. Way to go!!!
Another participant of the ‘Do It For Dillon’ annaphylaxis training program received a frantic call from his mother in law that she was in distress after eating a vending machine sandwich. With severe swelling to the face, hives all over and a very hoarse voice she realized it was possibly life threatening. She knew he was trained and had epinephrine autoinjectors. Arriving within minutes he administered the autoinjector and symptoms started to subside. She now has her very own epinephrine autoinjector. He is now her favorite son in law:)
We have held several classes in August. 5 in the last week. Gibraltar Fire and Rescue hosted a course out on Chambers Island, Wi. Department employees and summer inhabitants of the island all joined in. Professional medical folks and parents of severely allergic kids all commented that even though they have lived or worked with this life threatening health issue they still “learned something new”. It is very rewarding to me knowing I am helping folks to become more prepared and confident in recognizing anaphylaxis and teaching them how to administer 4 different brands of autoinjectors. The boat ride out and back was absolutely breathtaking!!! Talk about an office view!!
Xtreme Trucking, Maribel, Wi. hosted a class for its employees. Another very well informed group after completion. Now certified the employees who travel to other states may now administer to anyone who they believe is suffering from a severe allergic reaction, anywhere, and be covered by the good samaritan protections of the law. Instructor evaluations once again showed me that even knowledgeable participants “learned something new”. All evaluations are positive and uplifting.
Reedsville, Wi. school district had us teach their teachers and they too learned new things. 70 participants total including the principal and the school nurse. Schools since 2013 are allowed to carry “stock epinephrine” for the kids and visitors with UNDIAGNOSED allergies or those who don’t have their medication with them. Epipen4schools.com will give public schools FREE epinephrine autoinjectors to each building, a carrying case to mount on the wall and a DVD for the school nurse to instruct staff. Does your school carry epinephrine autoinjectors? What about that undiagnosed 4k student who goes into fatal anaphylaxis in 1-15 minutes after eating a suspect allergen? I’ve heard stories of students dying in the cafeteria because they weren’t diagnosed or their epinephrine was in the office in a locked cabinet. Our son Dillon was unconscious in 10 TEN minutes. Heed this warning so that you are never ever in our shoes. Good Job Reedsville School District for protecting your students, staff and visitors!!
New Frankin Wi. Fire Dept. was trained by Angel Mueller and her husband George last winter. They also supplied the Fire Department with their very own epinephrine autoinjectors to use in the event of an emergency.
Yesterday a call came in that a male was having labored breathing after being stung by a bee. A member of the fire department quickly arrived at the scene and administered the epinephrine autoinjector just as he was trained to do and within minutes the gentleman was feeling much better. Observation was given at a local hospital until it was safe for him to return home. Dillons life wasn’t saved but because of the efforts and determination of his parents these families can enjoy their loved one.
“Had it not been for Angel and George training the Maribel Sportmans club members, things would have went down hill quick. Another bit longer and I would have been to the point of no return. We knew the club had pens and went there right away! Dillons Law saved my life and needs to be nationwide to protect everybody.”