Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Offers Simple Tool That Could Help Save a Life
05/21/2012

ALLEN, Texas — In an emergency, could your loved ones provide detailed medical information about your health conditions and medications to first responders?

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is providing Vials of L.I.F.E (Lifesaving Information for Emergencies) to members of the community. The Vial of L.I.F.E is a life-saving tool that lists medical history and information, such as current allergies, medications and emergency contact numbers. The Vials of L.I.F.E. are available to the community at no cost.

People in the community are urged to:

  • Fill out their medical information
  • Place it into a “Vial of L.I.F.E”
  • Place the vial in the right side of the refrigerator door, and
  • Put the red sticker provided on their front entryway to the house and another on the refrigerator.

First responders are trained to look for the vial in the refrigerator door if they see the red sticker on the front door. First responders then bring the vial with the patient to the emergency room. The vials also could be used in non-emergencies to bring to doctor’s appointments so that all medications can be easily reviewed.

“Texas Health Allen is committed to providing quality care in a timely manner,” said Lori Templin, R.N., who is spearheading the project. “The Vial of L.I.F.E., when filled out properly, can give medical staff vital medical information in an instant, even when the patient cannot. In an emergency minutes matter and having that information is crucial.”

Volunteers assembled the vials, which will available at community events. Nurses also may offer it to patients at the hospital who might benefit from having the information ready at home. The vials also are available for free in the hospital’s main gift shop, which is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“Filling out the information in the Vial of L.I.F.E. and posting the sticker just takes a few minutes,” said Sheila McKinney, hospital president. “But taking those few minutes before a crisis could save lives in a medical emergency.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

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.