Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Services
Your child's health is important to us and we will attend to your family's needs
as quickly as possible. The UF Health Jacksonville Pediatric Emergency Center provide
emergency treatment to children from Northeast Florida and South Georgia in a kid-friendly
atmosphere. We provide an environment that is non-threatening, calming to children,
informative and assuring to their parents. All patients receive care from team members
who specialize in children.
A key strength of the UF Health Jacksonville Pediatric Emergency Center is the talented
team of physicians and nursing staff. University of Florida physicians are involved
in numerous regional, state and national committees through the American Academy
of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians and Emergency Services
for Children addressing the various issues related to the emergent care of children.
The nurses are certified not only in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, but also in
Pediatric Emergency Nursing - an advanced certification in caring for critically
injured and ill children.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Triage (assessment room) is the area where a nurse checks to find who is the sickest.
The sickest children are seen first. The nurse will:
- Ask about your child's health problem
- Examine your child
- Check your child's weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and
- Decide in what order your child should be seen
Registration begins with a very brief interview by our registration staff and is
limited to asking your child's name and reason for the visit. Completion of the
registration process will occur after the nurse evaluates your child in triage and
may be performed in your child's room. We also ask you to show us:
- Your insurance card
- Identification to prove that you are the legal guardian of the child (so that you
can give consent for treatment of the child)
The waiting room is where you wait until we can see your child. Please feel free
to use the toys and books here. There is also a flat screen television and a DVD
playing movies at all times. We also have written educational materials that we
encourage you to read. The materials include topics on injury prevention and other
Please do not hesitate to tell the triage nurse if:
- Your child seems to be getting sicker
- Your child needs to use the bathroom - if needed, the nurse can help your child
collect a urine sample
- If you are leaving the waiting area for a long time
- If your child wants to eat or drink (make sure it is all right for your child to
What to Expect When You Are Seen
- A nurse will call you to an exam room
- A healthcare provider (doctor, resident or physician assistant) will examine your
- Tests or treatments will be started as needed
- When the ED visit is done, your child will be allowed to leave (discharged) or will
be admitted to the hospital
Written and verbal instructions will be given to you to care for your child at home.
We ask you to:
- Listen and ask questions as we explain home care for your child's specific health
- Follow the instructions carefully to know when you should call your child's doctor
for follow-up or if there is a need for follow-up in our emergency department.
If your child is admitted to the hospital, talk over the plan with the medical staff
in the Pediatric Emergency Department.
We ask you to:
- Talk to the people in the Admissions Office about your child's stay
- Wait a little longer while your child's hospital room is prepared
- Have an ED aide take you to the room
- Meet the floor nurse and ask him or her any questions you may have
Where to Find Us
The Pediatric Emergency Department is located on the ground level, next to the hospital's
main Emergency Department and Trauma Center.