Emergency care is provided by board-certified or board-qualified emergency medicine doctors, registered nurses and support teams of multidisciplinary specialists.
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 I trauma centers in the state of Florida—and one of the few trauma centers in the area equipped to treat pediatric patients.
Broward Health Medical Center is one of the only three Level I Trauma Centers in South Florida, Broward Health Medical Center's state-accredited Trauma 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.
Broward Health North’s Adult Level II Trauma Center is one of two designated trauma units serving the northern two-thirds of Broward County. It features the latest equipment to handle trauma cases 24 hours a day. Broward Health treats more trauma patients than anyone else in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Older adults seeking critical care, and their loved ones, can rest assured that they’ll be cared for by a team of specially trained doctors and nurses. Thanks to their dedication, Broward Health Imperial Point has been recognized as an “Exemplar” hospital by NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), a designation reserved for only those hospitals that demonstrate the very best practices in treating older patients. There are 20 state-of-the-art rooms in our emergency department, five of which are uniquely created to meet the needs of the older adults. Bigger beds, bigger TVs, scenic privacy curtains and soothing colors – all delivering a personal touch.
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.
The Latest Technology
Broward Health is one of the few public healthcare systems in the nation to implement a Barcoded Medication Administration System (BCMA). This advanced BCMA records, tracks and ensures the correct medications are delivered in the prescribed dosage and time, to the right patient. With the use of a simple barcoded wristband, patients can see the system at work and are reassured by the added safety measure. BCMA enables caregivers to work more efficiently and demonstrates Broward Health's commitment to patient safety.
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Salah Foundation Children's Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center & Broward Health Coral Springs
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316