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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.
Level 1 Trauma Center
Chris Evert Children's Hospital is one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in Broward County that specialize in pediatric care. The trauma center is part of our dedicated 12-bed pediatric emergency unit that is staffed by surgeons, pediatric emergency nurses, respiratory therapists, x-ray technicians and anesthesiologists who work around the clock to treat the most critically ill or injured patients.
The trauma center has a helipad to receive patients by MEDEVAC who are seriously injured in remote areas. We have the newest innovative technology, including CT scanners inside the trauma bay to allow easier access and quicker results, 24 hours a day. Its practical location also keeps children in the comfort of the pediatric area. Our multidisciplinary trauma team works together to successfully stabilize, rehabilitate and transfer patients into their home environment.
24-hour Emergency Department
The pediatric specialists at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital emergency department are available 24 hours a day to care for children with medical problems that cannot wait to be seen by their regular doctor. We know that it can be stressful to have a sick child and we do everything we can to help families and their children during their emergency department visit.
If an injury is minor, the wait for treatment should not be extensive. The staff of Chris Evert Children's Hospital listened to families concerned about waiting and created FastCare, providing a shorter stay for children with minor illnesses.
Care and Treatment
FastCare was created as part of the Pediatric Emergency Department to treat urgent medical problems such as sore throats, fever, cold symptoms, sprains, minor cuts, insect bites and other non-life threatening illnesses. Our goal is that a child be treated for minor illnesses and injuries, in a thorough, safe and efficient manner, in one hour or less.
Specially Trained Team
Staffed by a special medical team, the FastCare team includes a board certified pediatric emergency physician, registered nurse and other technicians.
Open 7 days a week, from 3pm to 11pm.
For more information about Chris Evert Children's Hospital, or if you need a doctor, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400. Click here for directions to Chris Evert Children’s Hospital