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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Offers Vial of L.I.F.E. Program
10/26/2010

Vial of L.I.F.E.
Each Vial of L.I.F.E. contains two stickers, a medical information sheet and instructions.

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is rolling out a new program to Denton and the surrounding region to further improve the health of the people living in the communities it serves. It is called the Vial of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information For Emergencies).

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

But how does it work? Large plastic containers, resembling over-sized medicine bottles with caps, are filled by hospital volunteers, employees and external volunteer groups. Each of the more than 30,000 containers include two stickers, a medical information sheet and instructions. The hospital then makes the Vials available to patients being discharged, to attendees at health fairs or to community members.

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 and another is placed on the refrigerator, while the Vial is placed on the top right shelf of the refrigerator door. 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.

Texas Health Denton reached out to local EMS providers to educate them about the Vial of L.I.F.E. The purpose of the program is to help expedite the patient's care and to help first responders know as much as possible while they are still 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).

Volunteers at Texas Health Denton
Volunteers at Texas Health Denton helped to assemble more than 30,000 Vials of L.I.F.E. Back row (from left): Retha Whittle and Dottie Okland. Front row: Nub Frazier, Martha Mason and Edith Lindley.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 1,000 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, 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. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

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 Health 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, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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