Westside Regional Medical Center
Founded in 1974, our facility provides comprehensive healthcare to the residents of Broward County.

Deciding Whether or Not Your Child's Injury Needs Emergency Room Care

Three Reasons to Seek Emergency Medical Care

Every parent worries about their child’s safety, but it isn’t always practical to watch over their every move during playtime. Children’s bodies are relatively resilient since they are still developing, but it isn’t always easy to tell the difference between a minor accident and a potentially dangerous injury. Protect your children against dangerous accidents with this useful overview from the Westside Regional Medical Center Emergency Department in Broward County.

Injuries to Watch Out For

Parents should be especially wary of injuries around the head and neck. Bones around the head and spine are still developing and are relatively fragile, and moderate trauma can cause serious fractures, bleeding, or internal issues. A concussion could result in various symptoms ranging from a persistent headache to vomiting, and could even be life-threatening if the child’s condition deteriorates when they’re sleeping. One of the best ways to prevent head and bone injuries during playtime is to provide appropriately rated safety equipment during playtime.

When to Get Same-Day Treatment

Even if an injury isn’t immediately life-threatening, it may require medical attention on the dame day. Cases where your child may require emergency care outside of normal doctor hours include moderate to severe cuts on unclean surfaces, severe sprains, burns, animal bites, infections, and severe nausea or vomiting.

A Word About Poisoning

Every year, more than 67,000 children require emergency care for poisoning. Medications, vitamins, and household chemicals look (and often taste) like candy, and the symptoms for different items are often very similar. In the event of a child poisoning emergency, immediately contact the nationwide toll-free number for the nearest Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222; the operator can provide immediate medical advice and contact an ambulance.

We here at the Westside Regional Medical Center pride ourselves on providing compassionate and timely treatment to families in Plantation, FL and the surrounding areas. Thanks to our advanced treatments and team of highly trained specialists, we even provide up-to-date ER wait times right at your fingertips! Just text “ER” to 23000, or contact us at (954) 473-6600 to obtain current ER wait times in your area or contact our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (954) 473-6600 to speak directly with a healthcare professional. If you are having a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Message and data rates may apply. Terms & Conditions: Text ERHelp.com. Privacy Policy: HCAEastFlorida.com

Understanding What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean

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High cholesterol is a major risk factor in developing heart disease—the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. However, not all cholesterol is harmful; there is both HDL (“good”) cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The best way to keep your cholesterol levels at a healthy level is to periodically check them after a 9 to 12-hour fast without food, liquids, or medication.

Blood cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL), and generally the total blood cholesterol level of an average healthy adult should be below 200 mg/dL. A person with high blood cholesterol (240 ml/dL and above) has more than twice the risk of coronary heart disease than a person with normal blood cholesterol levels. High levels of HDL cholesterol (60 mg/dL and above) is considered preventive against heart disease, but low levels (less than 40 mg/dL for men, less than 50 mg/dL for women) can increase risk. LDL cholesterol levels under 100 mg/dL are considered optimal.

Healthy cholesterol levels can vary depending on individual health history, which is why it’s important to receive regular heart health screenings from a trusted professional. To receive a physician referral at the Westside Regional Medical Center in Broward County, call (954) 473-6600 today.

What Happens When You Arrive at the Emergency Room?

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Timely treatment is important for optimal outcomes in any medical procedure, but especially so for emergency care. Nobody wants to show up at the Emergency Department, but it can be helpful to know what to expect to ensure that you receive the most effective treatment as quickly as possible.

Upon arrival, one of our team members will measure your vital signs and take down information such your name and date of birth (photo identification is preferred), the reason for your visit, your past doctors, and any medications you are taking. You may be asked to dress into a hospital gown and, depending on the severity of your condition, undergo extensive testing. In the event that the ER becomes very busy, the hospital needs to ensure that the sickest patients receive care first. In this case, triage nurses will assess your condition and assign a score for the severity of your condition.

Westside Regional Medical Center continually strives to provide high-quality and timely emergency care to residents throughout Broward County. Just text “ER” to 23000 to obtain current ER wait times in your area or contact our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (954) 473-6600 to speak directly with a healthcare professional. If you are having a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Message and data rates may apply. Terms & Conditions: Text ERHelp.com. Privacy Policy: HCAEastFlorida.com

How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in American men and women. Regularly monitoring blood pressure is a simple and effective way to track your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease with healthy lifestyle changes.

Ideally, blood pressure readings should be taken at the same time of day before ingesting medication or food. The Heart360 website is a free and easy-to-use tool from the American Heart Association that can help you track your progress over time.

There are several other factors that can raise or lower your risk for heart disease, and regular checkups with an experienced medical professional is essential for developing a personalized preventative care plan. Our team of cardiovascular specialists at the Westside Regional Medical Center has access to the latest medical equipment to provide a superior level of medical care. To schedule your heart health checkup in Broward County, call (954) 473-6600 today.


January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). However, cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening and follow-up care. Help us here at the Westside Regional Medical Center spread the word about cervical cancer with this brief guide.

HPV Prevention

HPV (human papillomavirus) currently affects about 20 million Americans, and it is the most common sexually transmitted disease. The body is usually able to fight off an HPV infection on its own, but an ongoing infection can cause the cervix cells to become pre-cancer cells. HPV is preventable through the HPV vaccine and regular Pap tests can prevent most cases of cervical cancer. No screening test is perfect, but if a Pap test does miss any abnormal changes in the cervix cells then usually the next one will identify them; that’s why it is important to follow recommended cervical cancer screening guidelines.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms

Cervical cancer typically does not exhibit symptoms in its early stages. Abnormal bleeding may occur when the cancer grows larger. Common symptoms in more severe cases of cervical cancer include bleeding in between menstrual periods, bleeding after intercourse, and pelvic pain. Other infections or health problems can cause similar symptoms, and only a licensed doctor can provide an accurate diagnosis.

Paying for Screening

Healthcare reform laws cover woman-well visits and cervical cancer screening, so some women can receive these services with no out-of-pocket costs depending on their insurance plan. Other resources such as the CDC National Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program can provide free and low-cost screenings to low-income, underinsured, and uninsured women in the U.S.

Westside Regional Medical Center has been serving Broward County since 1974, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to compassionate and high-quality treatment. Our 224-bed facility features the latest medical technology, and our diverse team of medical specialists can provide specialized care in areas ranging from oncology to endocrinology. To schedule your Pap test or to receive a physician referral, contact us at (954) 473-6600 today.

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