At Baptist Health South Florida, we’re passionate about making sure every child receives the best care possible. Our pediatric emergency care team is made up of compassionate physicians and nurses who are specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine and understand the unique challenges in treating sick or injured children.
When your child is in need of pediatric emergency care, we understand that it can be a stressful and scary time for everyone in the family. That’s why we take every step possible to ensure your child is treated with the highest quality care, which includes having 24/7 access to experts in pediatric imaging, surgery, cardiology and intensive care.
Baptist Health hospitals take care of thousands of children and have more than 70,000 pediatric emergency visits every year. We treat each patient with expertise and compassion.
- Respiratory problems, including Coughs, Asthma side effects or Pneumonia.
- Colds and Flu.
- Orthopedic Injuries, such as Broken Bones or Fractures.
- Infections, such as Febrile Illness, Skin Infections or Urinary Tract Infections.
- Near-drowning Injuries.
- Complications from Cancer, Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.
How do you diagnose pediatric emergency conditions?
Every child who comes into one of our emergency rooms first receives a physical exam from a nurse to determine the extent of the illness or injury. Depending on your child’s condition, the emergency room doctor may also request blood work or other lab testing, or imaging tests, such as an X-ray, to determine a diagnosis.
At Baptist Health South Florida, our pediatric emergency rooms have 24/7 access to lab testing and radiology services, so we can get results quickly and move forward with any treatment as soon as possible.
Which pediatric emergency treatments do you provide at Baptist Health South Florida?
Whether your child needs medication or surgery, we have access to an entire team of pediatric specialists who can provide the treatment your child needs.
In some cases, children can be treated within the emergency room by our pediatric emergency physicians and nurses. If your child needs medicine, wound treatment or a cast for a broken bone, all of these treatments can be done right within the emergency department.
If your child needs more extensive treatment, such as surgery or consultation with a cardiologist, we will work closely with those specialists to ensure your child gets treatment as quickly as possible. Your child may need to be admitted to the hospital for further treatment, or we will provide a referral for treatment at a later date if your child is able to go home.
What can I expect when I come to Baptist Health South Florida for pediatric emergency care?
When you first arrive at one of our pediatric emergency rooms, a nurse will immediately assess your child’s condition. If your child is severely ill, our team of pediatric emergency specialists will immediately start treatment.
If your child’s condition is less severe, we will bring your child and you into a treatment room where your child will be seen by a bedside nurse. An emergency pediatric physician will examine your child and determine if any other tests are needed. The physician will also work closely with you and the other pediatric emergency specialists to come up with a treatment plan.
If your child needs to be admitted to the hospital, we will work with hospital pediatricians to coordinate care as quickly as possible.
If your child is able to safely return home, you will be given instructions for treatment and follow-up care before you leave the hospital.
While every hospital emergency room can treat your child, Baptist Health South Florida offers designated pediatric emergency care at:
The Marta and Carlos J. Arboleya Jr. Children’s Emergency Center at Baptist Children’s Hospital
Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics Emergency Department
Baptist Health Emergency Care | West Kendall
Bethesda Hospital East
Bethesda Hospital West
At Baptist Health South Florida, our goal is to ensure every child gets the best possible care, which includes:
- Treating patients as if they are family members and finding the right treatment for their needs.
- Taking time to answer questions and listening to the concerns of patients and their parents.
- Collaboration among pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, cardiologists and intensivists from Baptist Health and other community hospitals, when necessary.
The best time to come to the emergency room is when you’re concerned about your child’s well-being. Regardless of whether your child has a minor injury or a serious illness, we will take care of your child. While the sickest patients will be seen first, every child who comes into our care will be treated with the same compassion and expertise.
The Baptist Health South Florida children’s emergency rooms are staffed by nurses and physicians who specialize in treating children. These teams are focused solely on pediatric emergency conditions and understand the unique challenges of treating children. Many of our specialists are Board-certified or trained in pediatric emergency medicine or have more than 10 years of experience in pediatric emergency rooms.