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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
One of the most frightening and stressful situations any person can go through is being hospitalized or having a loved one hospitalized after a motor vehicle crash, fall or other major trauma.
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 Trauma Center at Broward Health North.
Trauma is a surgical specialty that is vastly different from routine emergency care. Every emergency department is NOT a trauma center. A trauma center treats those suffering from an injury so severe that if not attended to within the first 60 minutes could cause death. Trauma remains the first leading cause of death for persons younger than 44.
Broward Health North is a designated Adult Level II Trauma Center established in 1992 and serves the northern third of Broward County. Broward Health North is a member of the Broward County Trauma Management Agency and an institutional member of the American Trauma Society.
Broward Health North has highly trained Trauma Surgeons in house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An operating room suite dedicated for trauma patients is also available 24 hours a day. We have a full compliment of surgical and medical specialists readily available.
To receive the designation of "Trauma Center", a hospital has to meet strict standards established by the Florida Department of Health, based on guidelines from the American College of Surgeons. Currently, there are 22 state-approved trauma centers strategically located throughout Florida.
Trauma Center Medical and Administrative Staff
Judith Johnson MD, FACS, Trauma Medical Director
Richard Schultz MD
Mufaddal Ghadiali MD, Trauma Surgeon
Jon Johnson MD, Trauma Surgeon
David Margolis MD, Trauma Surgeon
Kelly Pallazza RN, MSN, Trauma Program Manager
Deserene Curry RN, Trauma Quality Management Specialist
Monifa Murray CPC, Trauma Registrar/Coder
Find out more about the Clinical Services and Patient Care Services available at our Trauma Center.