Enhanced safety protections
Never delay care, during the global pandemic or otherwise, to avoid a trip to the emergency room. Specific symptoms, including those of heart attack or stroke, require professional medical evaluation and timely treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications or worse. Our emergency rooms have introduced enhanced precautions to ensure a safe environment for all involved. We are here for you and we are well-equipped to handle any health concern you may have.
Emergency services in Tamarac, Florida
At University Medical Center and Hospital's emergency room (ER), our top priority is making sure you get the emergency care and comfort you need quickly. Our ER doctors provide 24/7 intensive and pediatric care services to ensure you receive high-quality treatment when you need it most.
If someone is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
Your family can count on University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac, Florida, to deliver advanced emergency care when you need it. The ER staff at our hospital knows every second counts during a medical emergency, which is why our doctors, nurses and other staff work around the clock to keep your ER wait time as short as possible.
What to expect at our ER
Upon arrival to the ER, a triage nurse will assess your symptoms and vital signs. Next, a registration clerk will gather your insurance and relevant medical information. We medically screen, evaluate and stabilize all patients whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay.
Incoming patients with severe, life-threatening illnesses or injuries will be treated first. All other patients will be treated in the order they arrived.
Before discharge, be sure to ask any questions and keep all paperwork, discharge information and medicines you have received. Our ER staff will contact your primary care provider for updates to your medical record.
What to bring to the ER
When coming to the ER, it is recommended to bring:
- List of medicines you currently take
- List of known allergies
- Copy of results from recent medical tests, if available
- Personal care preferences and restrictions
- A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact
When to go to the ER
Sometimes it's difficult to determine which level of care you need, like whether you should go to the ER or wait for your doctor's office to open. Knowing where to go when you need immediate care can be life-saving. University Hospital and Medical Center’s ER is open 24/7 to treat all types of emergency medical conditions.
Almost all symptoms can range in severity. Below is a list of symptoms that may indicate you need to visit the ER:
- Back pain: When it is unbearable or accompanied by fever, numbness, weakness, confusion, slurred speech, vision loss or loss of control over bladder or bowels
- Broken bones: When the pain is severe or there is a visible deformity or bone bulging through the skin
- Chest pain: When it is crushing or squeezing and accompanied by other heart attack symptoms, such as shortness of breath or nausea
- Concussion: When you have lost consciousness, even briefly, or experience amnesia, vomiting, slurred speech or a seizure
- Flu: When symptoms become severe, such as having trouble breathing, vomiting uncontrollably, becoming dehydration or developing pneumonia
- Side pain: When you have severe pain in the lower right stomach, side or back or have side pain in addition to fever, nausea, diarrhea or blood in the urine
- Stomach pain: When you experience pain in addition to a hard or tender stomach, nausea, shortness of breath, fever or irregular heartbeat
- Stroke: Always call 911 immediately if stroke symptoms are present, such as sudden numbness (specifically on one side of the body), confusion, dizziness and sudden severe headache
- Trouble breathing: When breathing stops, is noisy or high-pitched and comes with pain in the chest or severe shortness of breath
If you are unsure if your symptoms require an ER visit, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 724-6342.
Emergency conditions we treat
Our ER is prepared to handle a variety of emergency conditions, including:
- Heart attack
- Stroke (cerebrovascular incident)
- Allergic reactions
- Heat stroke
Our specialized team of emergency staff will determine the right treatment plan for each patient.
Pediatric emergency care
Nothing is quite as stressful as when your child needs emergency care. The doctors and nurses at our pediatric-friendly ER are trained to care for children and address their unique needs. We also understand the role you play in your child’s health and prioritize your involvement in developing a treatment plan.
Our kid-friendly ER features:
- Board-certified emergency medicine physicians who are trained to treat both adults and children
- Nurses with special training and certification in pediatric care
- Private treatment rooms in a comfortable setting for children
Senior-friendly emergency care
Our newly renovated ER includes special accommodations for senior patients, including:
- Specially trained staff
- Designated private rooms
- Additional safety features, such as enhanced lighting, handrails and large print communications.
In case of emergency (ICE) Card
Knowing emergencies tend to happen when we least expect them, we often don't have time to prepare for a visit to the ER. With that in mind, we would like to provide you with a tool that can help save time during an emergency situation: an ICE card. Once the information is filled in, ICE cards can be kept in your wallet or purse and provide vital information to EMS personnel and your caregiver if the need arises.
Intensive care services
The ICU is a designated unit within our hospital for critically ill, adult patients experiencing very serious injuries or medical conditions. The ICU provides advanced care to ensure constant monitoring of the patient’s health during this important time.
Patients are commonly admitted to intensive care for:
- Renal and endocrine disease
- Postoperative care
- Heart problems, such as extremely low or extremely high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat or heart attack
- Recovery from intensive surgery
- Lung and breathing problems, such as acute asthma or severe pneumonia
- Serious infections, including sepsis
Advanced ICU care
Our goal is to ensure patients admitted to the ICU receive advanced medical care from a specially trained staff of ICU doctors and nurses.
Once admitted to the ICU, a team of specialists will decide on the most effective treatment options. Patients who are conscious and of sound mind will be involved in deciding upon a treatment plan.
In the event the patient is unable, doctors are equipped to make decisions based upon what is best for the patient. All decisions made by a doctor in our ICU are intended to restore the best possible quality of life for our patients.
Enhanced ICU monitoring
The ICU team uses advanced technology to monitor a patient's condition, provide their bodies with needed medication and even perform life-sustaining bodily functions in the event their bodies are incapable.
Advanced equipment helps the staff ensure the highest level of care. By constantly monitoring a patient’s vital signs, the staff can immediately be alerted if the patient’s status declines and warrants prompt attention.