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A Primer for Preschooler Safety

Your little ones can learn a lot about safety if you take some time to teach them. Keep your lessons simple and even very young children can learn how to stay clear of danger. Here's an ABC rule that you and your children can recite together.

'A': Always ride in a car safety seat

Teach your child to get into his or her safety seat. Always make sure your child sits in the back seat of the car, completely buckled into his or her car seat, even if you're only driving to the nearest convenience store.

'B': Beware of fire

Always keep matches and lighters out of reach of your child. Teach your child never to touch matches and lighters and to tell you or another responsible adult immediately if someone is playing with them.

Make sure children know that if their clothes catch on fire, they should "stop, drop and roll." Young children may take the safety slogans literally and roll only one revolution. So practice rolling with them to extinguish mock flames.

Devise a family escape route, and crawl with them on the floor to practice getting safely out of the house. Make sure they know what your home's smoke alarms sound like.

'C': Call for help with the telephone

Even very young children can learn to call for help by dialing 911 or your local emergency number. Practice dialing the number either on a pretend phone or a disconnected one and stress that the number is used only for emergencies. Tell them not to hang up as that is a key connection that helps emergency services find them. You want them to stay on the line because, if they hang up, the connection is gone.


An Experienced Team Of Trauma Professionals

A traumatic injury is never planned and can happen at anytime, anywhere. It could be internal injuries from a motor vehicle crash, gunshot wound, knife or burns from a fiery explosion. Maybe it is bleeding in the brain or multiple broken bones from a fall. A trauma is a life or limb threatening injury, so severe that the body's systems begin to shut down.

No matter how it happens, you would want an experienced trauma team of medical professionals, who have seen it all. That's what you will find at the Level 1 Trauma Center at Broward Health Medical Center.

Trauma is a surgical specialty that is vastly different from routine emergency care. Hospital emergency departments are equipped to treat everything from a headache to a heart attack. An emergency department is NOT a trauma center. A trauma center treats those suffering from an injury so severe that it could cause death if not attended to within the first 60 minutes.

To receive designation of "Trauma Center", a hospital has to meet strict standards established by the Florida Department of Health, based on the guidelines of the American College of Surgeons. Currently, there are 27 state-approved trauma centers strategically located across Florida. Broward Health Medical Center is one of only 7 Level 1 trauma centers in the State of Florida.

Broward County residents are fortunate. We have three highly rated trauma centers, two of which are part of Broward Health. No matter where you are in Broward County, one of those trauma centers is just minutes away.


Care for trauma victims has been provided by Broward Health Medical Center since 1993 as a Level II Trauma Center. In 1998 our institution was accredited by the state of Florida as a Level I Trauma Center, the largest in Broward County.  The Trauma Center at Broward Health Medical Center is the only one treating pediatric patients in the northern two-thirds of the county and is equipped to treat the youngest trauma patients. Today Broward Health Medical Center is one of only 7 facilities in Florida to attain this high level of trauma accreditation.  

In December 2005 our Trauma Center facility was inaugurated to expand and improve our capabilities of providing the highest level of care to trauma victims. This expansion included 4 state of the art trauma/resuscitation rooms and 6 observation rooms dedicated to the care of trauma patients allowing us to manage multiple injured patients or mass casualty disasters. The Intensive Care Unit was also expanded to 24 private beds. A dedicated operating room suite is also available just for trauma patients 24 hours a day.

Find out more about the Clinical Services and Patient Care Services available at our Trauma Center, or learn about how Trauma Centers link to Emergency Medical Services.

Trauma Center Medical and Administrative Staff

Medical Staff
Ivan Puente MD, FACS, Trauma Medical Director
Pedro Gonzalez MD, Associate Trauma Medical Director
Michael Parra, MD, Trauma Research Director
Edgar Rodas, MD
Ralph Guarneri, MD
Ronald Moore, MD
Joseph Catino, MD
Michele Markley MD, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director
Roberto Puglisi, MD, Pediatric Surgery
David Lasko, MD, Pediatric Surgery
John Karpiak, ARNP, Trauma Nurse Practitioner
Fahim Habib, MD, Assistant Research Director, Director of Trauma/Surgical Education
Marko Bukur, MD

Administrative Staff
Robyn Farrington, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, Trauma Program Manager
Mary Chabriel, RN, Trauma Quality Management Specialist
Michelle Melichar, RN, Trauma Quality Management Specialist
Carolyn Edwards, MSW, Trauma Social Worker
Joanne Puia, RN, Trauma Nurse Outreach/Research Coordinator
Samua Scavella, Administrative Assistant
Denise Richards, Trauma Registrar
Veneice Walcott, Trauma Registrar
Jeanne Jenkins, Trauma Registrar

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