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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.

 

Emergency Department

Staffed by board certified/board qualified emergency medicine physicians, nurses and support staff, the Emergency Department (ED) has over 60 treatment areas to provide privacy without compromising efficiency. Within the ED, 10 rooms are also dedicated to the treatment of noncritical care to "fast track" patients quickly. Upon arrival to the ED, patients can expect to be seen by a triage nurse to assess the medical condition, receive appropriate course of treatment by a specially trained physician, and upon discharge, be referred to a physician for follow- up medical care and/or be given care instructions.

Level I Trauma Center

One of the only three Level I Trauma Centers in South Florida, Broward Health Medical Center's state-accredited Trauma Center provides around-the-clock care for adult and pediatric trauma patients. The rooftop helipad allows trauma patients to be transported into the facility quickly to facilitate care during the first "golden hour" after a trauma. The Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, nurses and ancillary staff to perform immediate life-saving diagnostic and treatment procedures. [more...]

Certified Stroke Center

Gold SealRecognized as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction, the Certified Stroke Center provides the services needed to achieve long-term success in improving patient outcomes by promoting advanced use of acute stroke therapies, a reduction in morbidity and mortality rates, fewer stroke complications, an improvement in long-term outcomes and efficiency of patient care as well as an increase in patient satisfaction. The Stroke Center has a comprehensive system in place for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke to patients who are admitted to the Emergency Department. This includes being equipped 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide brain image scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate. [more...]

Pediatric Emergency Department

One of the only two Level I trauma centers in South Florida that specialize in pediatric care, the Pediatric Emergency Department is staffed with specially trained physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. With the latest innovative technology to allow easier access and quicker results 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The unit is equipped with 12 treatment rooms for patients 17 years of age or younger. [more...]

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