Miami Emergency Care
Emergency care provides immediate medical attention for serious injuries
and illnesses. When you know there is a capable emergency department just
minutes away, you can feel confident that even when unexpected emergencies
arise, you’ll receive the quick and competent care needed to restore
health and wellness. Mercy Hospital’s ER in Miami offers 24/7 emergency
care for stroke, heart attacks, allergies, fractures, and more.
Bringing Your Child to the ER
At Mercy Hospital, our emergency department offers pediatric care for children
near Miami. If your child is injured or seriously ill, visiting the ER
ensures he will receive the prompt medical care he needs at any time of
night or day.
- In many cases, first aid for childhood injuries can be administered at
home. However, broken bones, large or deep burns, and wounds that don’t
stop bleeding when pressure is applied should always be treated in an ER.
- Dehydration can be a serious concern for children. Because young children
cannot communicate or don’t understand dehydration, keep an eye
out for prolonged vomiting or diarrhea, tearless crying, fewer than two
soaked diapers a day, or listlessness and general discomfort.
- While most fevers don’t require emergency care, a high fever (typically
over 104 degrees) accompanied by changes in behavior, a stiff neck, or
sensitivity to light should warrant a visit to the ER.
- A child exhibiting seizures or trouble breathing should be seen by an emergency
physician immediately; in these cases, you should call 911 so emergency
services can begin treatment prior to your arrival at the emergency department.
Three Key Components of Emergency Care
Emergency care is a broad category of medical services that includes the
diagnosis and treatment of serious or even life-threatening injuries and
illnesses. Mercy Hospital is proud to be a certified Primary Stroke Center
serving the Miami area. You can reach us by phone at (305) 854-4400 for
additional information about our emergency department and pediatric ER.
- The first step in emergency care is diagnosis. A diagnosis may be achieved
via a physical examination, bloodwork or other laboratory tests, or diagnostic
imaging such as X-rays, MRI, or CAT scans.
- Once the injury or illness has been evaluated, treatment will begin. Emergency
treatment focuses primarily on stabilizing the patient’s condition,
as well as addressing pain and preventing further damage to the body.
Treatment may be a one-time service, such as setting a broken bone or
eliminating a blood clot causing a stroke or heart attack, or the ongoing
administration of medication and fluids.
- After the patient is stabilized, follow-up care will be discussed. Some
patients may return home after treatment, while others may be admitted
to the hospital for further care.