Simple Tool for Medical Emergencies Available From Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
01/31/2012

PLANO, Texas — If you’ve ever had to call an ambulance you know the panic that ensues. Will they get here fast enough? Is my loved one OK? Do I need to grab their prescriptions? Then EMS arrives and you try to answer their questions, but possibly don’t know all the medications or conditions your loved one has.

File of Life from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano wants to take some of the fear out of emergency medical situations. That’s why the hospital is offering the File of Life — a red refrigerator magnet that contains health information to help when an emergency arises.

“The File of Life is a great tool for individuals who live alone or have complex medical conditions,” said Mary Jo Dean, director of community relations for Texas Health Plano. “It only takes a few minutes to fill out your information, but taking those few minutes before a crisis happens could save lives in an emergency situation.”

The magnet includes a card where individuals can track emergency contacts, medication, their physician’s name, medical conditions and allergy information. Having that information when an individual comes in the emergency department can save health care personnel valuable time and help patients avoid possible complications from unknown allergies or medication reactions.

“One of the greatest challenges we face is when patients come in unable to communicate,” said Dr. Lawrence Hum, medical director of the Emergency Department at Texas Health Plano. “The File of Life is a great tool that can help emergency medical personnel make the best treatment decisions in a situation where minutes matter.”

The hospital is distributing the File of Life magnets to area emergency medical personnel. Individuals can also request one by calling Dean at 972-981-8422.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

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.