Vial of L.I.F.E. Program Available at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
10/24/2011

BEDFORD, Texas — Beverly Bradley, president of the auxiliary at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, is proud to be a part of the volunteer team that helped roll out the Vial of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information For Emergencies) program.

“As a person who lives on my own, I see the need for having lifesaving information readily available just in case I am unable to speak for myself,” she said. “I am proud to be one of the volunteers that helped make the Vials available to my community.”

In a medical emergency, the Vials provide first responders (EMS) with critical information that will help them deliver more accurate care — a medication list and your physician's name.

But how does it work? Large plastic containers, resembling over-sized medicine bottles with caps contain an “alert” sticker for the front door, a medical information sheet, Medical Power of Attorney paperwork and instructions. Texas Health HEB volunteers recently stuffed and distributed several hundred vials to the community. The hospital makes the remaining Vials available to patients discharged from the emergency department.

Once the Vial is taken home, the medical information sheet is completed so that a comprehensive list of medications is documented. Then, a sticker is placed on the front entry door while the Vial is placed on the top right shelf of the refrigerator door. Emergency responders are trained to look for the sticker and the vial. Program participants are encouraged to take the Vial with them to their doctor's office so that their list of medications may be kept current.

“There is comfort in knowing that your healthcare information is available in an emergency,” said Bradley.

The purpose of the program is to help expedite patient care and to help first responders know as much as possible on the scene. Once a patient arrives at the hospital, the Vial is passed along to the care team. Individuals who bring themselves to the hospital for emergency care should also bring their Vial.

To learn more about the Vial of L.I.F.E. or to make arrangements to pick up a Vial, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.