Texas Health Cleburne Offers Simple Tool That Could Save a Life
05/19/2010

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

Volunteer Sue Clark assembles the Vials of L.I.F.E.
Volunteer Sue Clark assembles the Vials of L.I.F.E.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne 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.

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.

“Texas Health Cleburne is committed to providing quality care in a timely manner,” said Carol Olivier, R.N.C., B.S., infection prevention practitioner and faith community nursing coordinator at Texas Health Cleburne. “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.”

The Vial of L.I.F.E project is just one initiative of Texas Health Cleburne’s Faith Community Nursing program. Through the program area nurses are trained to work within their churches to help improve the health of the people in area communities.

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

For more information or to obtain a Vial of L.I.F.E, contact Olivier at 817-556-7697.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.