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

A Checklist for Taking Your Child to the Emergency Room

Dealing with a medical emergency can be highly stressful—especially when your child is the one in need of emergency medical care. To reduce your anxiety and ensure that your child gets the care he or she needs right away, follow the guidelines below for emergency preparedness.

First-aid kit

What to Bring

It is best to keep your family’s health insurance information in a safe yet convenient place so that it’s ready to go when you need it. You might have insurance cards at home and keep copies in your purse or wallet to be prepared in all situations. It is also helpful to keep an updated list of your child’s medications and immunization history so that there is a minimal chance for any adverse drug reactions in the ER.

Information to Know

There are some key facts that are important to know when your child goes to the emergency room, such as his or her approximate height and weight. Knowing how much your child weighs will allow ER personnel to provide proper medication dosages when there is no time for your child to step on the scale. You will want to clearly notify the ER staff of any preexisting illnesses that your child has or provide your child with a medical bracelet informing practitioners of his or her condition. Before you leave your child in the care of a babysitter or childcare center, you will want to make sure that they have this information.

Tips for Calming Your Child

Children may be nervous in the ER waiting room, so you might bring along a favorite toy, blanket, or story book to provide some comfort. You will also be able to stay with your child as he or she is seen for treatment, and this tends to help kids stay calm.

At Westside Regional Medical Center, our ER in Plantation, FL is welcoming to patients of all ages, offering care for the entire community. For more information about our hospital and services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 473-6600.

One Stroke Survivor's Story

Stroke can occur at any time in patients of all ages. It is important to know the signs of a stroke so that you can get the capable care you need. In this video, you will hear the story of one patient who had a stroke at the age of 24 and had a fortunate recovery.

She explains that her initial symptom was a sudden headache, but she went to sleep thinking she was ill after a long plane ride. The next day she woke up blind in one eye still with a severe headache. At this point she was taken to the hospital where immediate care was provided to help her get through the incident.

For comprehensive stroke care from emergency response to rehabilitation, you can rely on Westside Regional Medical Center. Call us at (954) 473-6600 or visit our website for a detailed look at our stroke care in Plantation, FL. 

Breast Cancer Awareness: The Importance of Screenings

Breast Cancer Awareness

During the month of October, you might notice more people proudly wearing the color pink to show support for breast cancer survivors and their families. During this month, women are also reminded and encouraged to check in with their doctors for an annual breast cancer screening. Below is a closer look at the effectiveness of breast cancer screenings and the reasons you should include these procedures in your regular medical care.

What screenings detect

There are two types of preventive screenings used for the early detection of breast cancer. The first is a clinical breast exam, in which the doctor will feel the breasts and underarms for lumps or hardening of the tissue that could indicate breast cancer. This procedure is recommended at three-year intervals for women from the ages of 20-39. Mammograms are more advanced procedures that utilize X-ray imaging to take pictures of the breast tissue. A mammogram may detect potentially cancerous masses that may not be felt during a clinical breast exam. These tests should be performed annually for women over the age of 40.

How diagnoses are made

It is important to recognize that screening procedures differ from diagnostic procedures. When a screening procedure produces abnormal results, further imaging and biopsies will be used to make an accurate, detailed diagnosis. If malignant cells are present, this diagnosis will include the staging of the cancer.

What difference does screening make

Screening facilitates early cancer detection before symptoms appear in later stages of breast cancer. When breast cancer is diagnosed early on, treatment options are broader and typically more effective. Early stages of breast cancer are defined by the isolation of the cancer in the breast tissue or lymph nodes of the chest. As the cancer progresses, it spreads throughout the body, making the prognosis less promising for patients.

If you have not had your annual mammogram or clinical breast exam, you can find the breast care you need with Westside Regional Hospital in Plantation, FL. You can connect with us by visiting our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 473-6600. 

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