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Benton funeral home introduces "Vitalboard" to help save lives

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BENTON -- A Benton funeral home has a plan to help save lives. Owners of Pate Funeral Home started a new initiative to help first responders get vital medical information at the scene of an emergency.

Steven Pate normally takes care of people after they pass away. He now looks for ways to save lives.

"We have family and we understand, as far as time with family members is valuable," said Pate.

The Pate Funeral Home owner and director introduced the Vitalboard to help first responders get medical information quickly at the scene of an emergency. On the front side of the board is a daily calendar, place for notes and a place to put emergency information.

The boards are magnetic so they can be placed on the refrigerator. On the back, there's list of detailed questions, that narrow down specific medical conditions and treatments like blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, and many other issues. The vital information comes from questions taken from surveys EMS, fire, police and ER staff.

About five months ago, Pate introduced the idea to the Benton Fire Department, who jumped on board and partnered with him.

"If there is a medical emergency at a resident or anything of that nature, the fire department obviously knows to look for this," said Pate.

The boards are write-on-wipe-off with a black wet eraser provided so you can update the information.

Pate believes this "need to know" information could help save lives gives  back to the community.

"Families just need compassion and care and if we can save somebody's life, the money's been well worth spent," said Pate.

The Vitalboards are free and can be picked up from Pate Funeral Home and Benton Fire Department. 

Pate asks that people download the Vital ICE APP from either the Apple App Store or Google Play from your smart phone and enter in their code: #8711.

Pate Funeral Home is making APP available free to the community download as a way of showing their gratitude for allowing them to serve you.

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