Adrenal Insufficiency occurs when the body is unable to produce enough cortisol a hormone vital to life. During times of stress people who don't have adrenal insufficiency naturally produce up to 10X the normal amount of cortisol which is vital to the maintenance of blood pressure, heart muscle tone, as well as sugar and salt balance.
When illness/injury occurs in someone with adrenal insufficiency an immediate additional dose of Solu-Cortef is necessary to avert adrenal crisis. An adrenal crisis is life threatening. Delay in the administration of this medication can lead to shock, heart failure, disability and/or death. If an unaffected person is unresponsive, goes into cardiac arrest or is vomiting, you can treat the shock, heart or dehydration and help them. For someone with an adrenal insufficiency, administration of glucocorticoids is necessary for any other treatments to be effective.
Only a few States currently have Emergency Protocols for Adrenal Insufficiency. Solu-Cortef is not carried on many emergency vehicles nor have most emergency room personal been trained to know what an Adrenal Crisis even is so they have no idea it is life threatening and requires immediate treatment with glucocorticoids. All too often those with Adrenal Insufficiency have to wait in the emergency room to get the treatment they need. This causes further complications and can lead to death. Someone having a heart attack is not asked to wait for immedicate treatment because there are protocols in place and medical staff have been trained regarding their condition. That's all we want, Emergency Protocols and Training specific to Adrenal Insufficiency and Adrenal Crisis to prevent those from dying. By the way, the Solu-Cortef shot costs about $7.00 and has a shelf life of 5 years. Is that too much to save a life? Visit aiunited.org to read some of our stories and/or, sign up to help us on the "Get Involved" page.
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