Although the ER may not be the destination of choice for families, you
may find peace of mind knowing that the kid-friendly
Emergency Room at Westside Regional Medical Center offers top-notch care in a soothing
environment. If your child does suffer a medical emergency, you may find
the following tips to be helpful.
Since emergencies are unpredictable by nature, it’s best to be prepared
for them to occur at any time.
Keep your family’s medical records organized and easily accessible. Ideally, you should keep updated lists of your
child’s medications and dosages, medical conditions, allergies,
previous hospitalizations, and major illnesses. Keep the family pediatrician’s
name and contact information readily available, along with the contact
information of any specialists from whom your child may be receiving care.
Not all medical emergencies occur in the home or in the presence of parents.
Be prepared for your child to need medical care while with a babysitter
or other caregiver. You can fill out consent-to-treat forms in advance.
Along with your child’s important medical information, you can provide
these forms to trusted individuals who watch over your child.
Know When to Call 911
In many cases, it’s fine to drive your child to the ER yourself.
However, if you suspect that your child has a life-threatening medical
emergency, you should call 911 right away. Some potentially life-threatening
emergencies include severe allergic reactions, respiratory distress, seizures,
and loss of consciousness.
Know What Not to Do
When you do take your child to the ER, refrain from giving him or her snacks
or beverages, including water. This is because your child may require
sedatives. Ask the ER physician if it’s okay to give your child
something to drink or eat.
If your child requires emergency care in the Plantation, FL, area, you
can turn to the pediatric ER staff at Westside Regional Medical Center.
Our emergency care department includes a private ER room just for kids
to help them feel more comfortable in a hospital setting. You can direct
non-emergent questions to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 722-9933.