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Emergency care

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. Emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections, in addition to life-threatening conditions.

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Emergency departments in Florida

From the fall you didn't expect to the sudden pain in your chest, nobody plans for an emergency. That’s why we’re here.

When you choose HCA Florida Healthcare, you’re choosing a network of care facilities that is standing by to provide lifesaving emergency treatment—day or night. With hospitals, standalone emergency rooms (ERs) and urgent care centers all across the state, we make sure you’re never far away from the treatments you need.

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When to go to the ER

If you have a condition that, without treatment, may cause you serious discomfort or complications, go to the closest ER as soon as possible. Symptoms or conditions that should be treated in an ER include:

ER vs. urgent care

Figuring out whether you or a loved one needs emergency care or urgent care isn't always easy, especially because we worry so much about the safety of those we love.

Urgent care centers typically provide treatment for commonplace sicknesses and injuries, such as flu symptoms and ankle sprains. However, unlike an ER, most urgent care clinics are not able to treat some of the more serious conditions listed above.

Conditions commonly treated at an urgent care center include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Ear infection
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Head lice
  • Minor cuts and falls
  • Mononucleosis (mono)
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

However, at HCA Florida, we believe the wellbeing of your loved ones comes first. If you are concerned about a particular symptom and are unsure whether it warrants an ER visit or an urgent care visit, it is always better to play it safe and come to the ER. Our ER teams are standing by in these cases to offer the care you and your loved ones deserve 24/7.

Specialized emergency services and treatments

Our goal is to provide seamless care for you and your family. To do this, we offer a variety of emergency care services that allow for continuous care—from arrival through recovery. Some of these services include emergency air transport and surgical procedures as well as:

Trauma care

Traumatic injuries require highly specialized care from doctors who are specially trained in treating trauma. At HCA Florida, we offer access to hospitals that have both Level I and Level II Trauma Centers. This means we offer patients advanced trauma care from the moment they enter our hospital doors, throughout their recovery.

Pediatric-friendly emergency services

If your little one needs advanced emergency care, we offer access to pediatric-friendly emergency services throughout the state of Florida. This means your child can be seen by a specialist trained and experienced in treating pediatric emergencies, so they receive the compassionate, comprehensive care that is right for them.

Should your child need additional care, we will work collaboratively with hospitals nearby to ensure they are provided with the best possible treatment.

Neonatal intensive care services

Knowing your infant needs extra care at birth can be tough on you. However, knowing our expert neonatologists—doctors who specialize in the care of newborns—can make things a little less stressful. Some of our hospitals also have neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). These are equipped with advanced technology and staffed with experienced professionals to help your baby get the best possible start to life. 

Our emergency care providers

Our ERs include multispecialty teams of doctors, surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists. They are all committed to providing high-quality emergency care when you need it most.

They work collaboratively with local emergency medical services (EMS) providers to continuously improve transport times, door-to-balloon times for heart attack patients and door-to-treatment times for stroke.

Because of this dedication, we are proud to offer our patients access to Certified Primary Stroke Centers and Primary Heart Attack Centers.

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