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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.


You can feel safe trusting the Emergency Services Department at Broward Health to treat you and your children for a wide range of emergency and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, 24 hours a day. Emergency care is provided by board-certified or board-qualified emergency medicine doctors, registered nurses and support teams of multidisciplinary specialists.

Find Emergency Care Near You

Adult emergency services are available at:

Pediatric emergency services are available at:

Emergency Care vs. Trauma Care

Our Emergency Care Departments are equipped to treat a wide range of emergency illnesses and injuries. To get the care you need as quickly as possible, it's important to seek the right level of care for your situation. Emergencies are when you need care right away. It's often defined as times when you think delaying care could make the situation worse or be life threatening. Examples include having symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, breathing problems, or a severe illness or injury.

Trauma care is for even more severe or critical care cases, such as bleeding in the brain or multiple broken bones from a fall or accident. Broward Health's Trauma Center is one of only seven Level 1 trauma centers in the state of Florida—and one of the few trauma centers in the area equipped to treat pediatric patients.

Broward Health treats more trauma patients than anyone else in Broward and Palm Beach.

Urgent Care

When you need healthcare quickly, but you don't have life-threatening symptoms, please visit one of our Urgent Care centers. They can help with moderate health issues such as earaches, sore throats, rashes and sprains.

Emergency Department Process

At Broward Health Emergency Services, we treat the most critically ill patients first. When you come to the Emergency Department, a triage nurse will ask you about your symptoms and assign you a priority based on national standards. The nurse will monitor you while you are in the waiting room. Please do not eat or drink anything while you wait, unless the nurse says it’s okay.

When a bed becomes available, a doctor will examine you. You may need to stay in the Emergency Department longer if the doctor orders tests. If you need anything or have any questions, please ask your assigned nurse. The doctor will decide if you need to be admitted to the hospital or if you can go home after reviewing your tests.

Visitors in the Emergency Room

The staff will make every attempt to keep you and your family informed throughout your visit. Due to limited space, and to protect the privacy of all patients, we allow one visitor at a time. During extreme emergencies, all visitors may be asked to wait in the waiting room.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will I be given a name of a follow-up physician?
You will be given the name of a doctor from our staff or be directed to a Broward Health facility. If you have an HMO plan, contact your primary care physician for further care. If you are here for a work related injury, contact your employer for follow up with their workman's compensation provider. If you need a physician referral, contact the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

Q. Can I get copies of my medical records?
You may obtain a copy from the Health Information Management department after signing a release. For more information, call 954-776-8560.

Q. How do I get copies of my X-rays?
You may obtain a copy from the radiology department by calling 954-776-8750.

Q. Can I get a school or work release?
Your nurse will give you a note for missed time, including today's visit and any additional days that the doctor feels you need to rest. For extended time, obtain a note from your primary care doctor.

Q. Where can I get my prescriptions filled?
Prescriptions can be filled at any local pharmacy.

Q. I don't have any insurance. Will you still treat me?
Yes, financial counselors are available upon request to assist you with your financial concerns.

Q. If I've been waiting a long time, can I leave the Emergency Department?
You have the legal right to do this; however, we strongly discourage it. This could be a serious, life-threatening decision that you shouldn't make out of frustration. If you still want to leave, please notify the triage nurse who will give you a "Refusal of Treatment" form to sign. If you have any concerns or questions during your stay, do not hesitate to contact your nurse or doctor.