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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.
We've been perfecting our trauma system for more than 15 years, in partnership with the State of Florida Department of Health, the Broward County Trauma Management Agency, Fire Rescue/EMS agencies and the Medical Examiner.
National studies demonstrate that trauma care is optimized by providing few high-volume centers, rather than multiple low-volume centers. Treating over 2,200 patients annually ensures our patients that we have the skills and experience necessary to save lives on a moments notice.
Once the call is made to 9-1-1, the life-sustaining connection has been established. Emergency Medical Services respond to the injured patient’s side with skilled paramedics who deliver the first critical minutes of care at the scene and on the way to the hospital. The paramedics “triage” the patient to the closest appropriate facility in the area. In Broward County, trauma service/catchment areas were established by the Broward County Trauma Management Agency to ensure all injured patients are transported to the appropriate Trauma Centers in the shortest period of time.
By rescue vehicles or by helicopter, trauma patients are brought to us from our catchment area which extends North from Griffin Road to south of Cypress Creek and the east, Atlantic Ocean to the west, Collier County line for Adult patients. In addition our Pediatric catchment area extends north to the Palm Beach County Line.
But, no matter where trauma victims live – or where their injuries occur – they have immediate access to exceptional medical care at Broward Health Medical Center. We are also a major center for referrals and inter-hospital trauma-related transfers both to local hospitals as well as internationally.
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