Miami ER open 24/7

When a medical emergency strikes, you and your family can trust the skilled medical providers at Kendall Regional Medical Center's emergency rooms to deliver the care you need, when it is needed most.

As part of our commitment to the communities of west Miami-Dade County, we have three full-service ERs—one on our main hospital campus in Kendall, our Doral Emergency Room and our Town & Country Emergency Room. Each of our emergency rooms is open 24/7 and all are conveniently located off the Ronald Reagan Turnpike.

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Our comprehensive emergency team, including board-certified emergency medicine physicians, specially trained nurses and physician assistants, has one goal in mind—to get you assessed, on the road to treatment and back to your life as quickly as possible.

Features of our emergency room

  • Full-service emergency care, available 24/7
  • Highly trained medical staff
  • Access to a Level I Trauma Center
  • Dedicated pediatric ER
  • Primary Stroke Center
  • Intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

Emergent conditions we treat

Our highly trained ER staff is prepared to treat a diverse range of conditions, including:

  • Heart attacks
  • Asthma attacks and other respiratory issues
  • Strokes
  • Allergic reactions (food and other allergies)
  • Heat stroke
  • Animal and insect bites
  • Orthopedic injuries, including broken bones
  • Stomach and side pain, including appendicitis
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Concussions
  • Viral and bacterial infections, including flu

Level I Trauma Center

As a Level I Trauma Center (one of only two in all of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties), we are equipped to provide the highest level of trauma care to patients of all ages with life-threatening injuries.

Pediatric ER

Staffed by pediatric specialists experienced in childhood diseases and injuries, Kendall Regional's dedicated pediatric emergency room in Miami treats nearly 20,000 children per year.

Since we know hospitals can be a scary place for children, we designed our pediatric ER with kids in mind—bright colors are used in the decor, patients are offered coloring books and a "Kenny Kendall" teddy bear and we have a child life specialist on staff to provide education and support to the child and his or her family.

Pediatric ER in West Miami

Rapid stroke treatment

Kendall Regional is recognized as a Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Receiving this recognition means our stroke program has met stringent requirements and has demonstrated that the program follows national standards and guidelines that significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Heart attack treatment

Because every minute matters when you're having a heart attack, we've put specific protocols and teams in place to ensure you receive fast, effective heart attack care when you need it most.

When to go to the ER

While it isn't always easy to know where to go for care, having the answer could save your life when it’s a medical emergency.

If you aren’t sure whether you should come to the ER or wait for your doctor’s office to open, you can call Consult-A-Nurse®, 24 hours a day, at (305) 222-2200.

Back pain

Back pain is a very common complaint, but it can be a sign of something serious that needs medical care right away. If your back pain is unbearable or if the pain also comes with any of the following symptoms, you should seek emergency care right away:

  • Fever
  • Sudden numbness or weakness
  • Confusion, slurred speech or inability to speak
  • Vision loss
  • Loss of control over bladder or bowels

Broken bones

Without an X-ray, it can be hard to tell if a bone is broken, dislocated or if you just have a bad sprain. Along with pain, the following symptoms may mean your bone is broken and you need medical care:

  • Bruising around the area
  • Swelling
  • Deformity or a bone bulging through the skin
  • A grating sound or a feeling caused by friction between bone and cartilage or the fractured parts of a bone

Chest pain

Call 911 right away if you have chest pain that is crushing or squeezing and comes with any of these symptoms as you may be having a heart attack:

  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fast or irregular pulse
  • Signs of shock

Signs of a heart attack may show up in other ways in women—in addition to the above symptoms, women may also experience:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Discomfort in your gut
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulder or upper back

Concussion

A concussion or any injury to the head can be very serious. If you have hit your head and have any of these symptoms, you should go to the ER:

  • Loss of consciousness, even briefly
  • Any period of amnesia or loss of memory of the event
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling dazed or confused
  • Worsening or severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Seizure

Flu

The flu virus is very common and does not normally require a visit to the ER. But, for the high-risk populations listed below, it can be very serious:

  • Infants
  • People 65 years old or older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain diseases, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • People with weakened or compromised immune systems

Signs that you should go to the ER with the flu include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting that can’t be controlled, to the point of severe loss of body fluids (dehydration)
  • If you develop complications, such as pneumonia

Side pain

Most people will experience pain in their side or abdomen at some point in their lives, usually only temporarily. However, severe side pain can be an indication of something serious.

If you have severe pain, especially in your lower right stomach, side or back, or if your pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical treatment:

  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the urine or pain during urination or have had a recent urinary tract infection (UTI)

Severe pain lasting only a few seconds may be nothing to worry about unless it’s reoccurring. If severe pain persists for more than a few minutes you should seek medical attention regardless of other symptoms.

Some common diagnoses may include:

  • Urological issues such as a kidney infection, kidney stones or a bladder infection
  • Appendicitis
  • Ovarian cyst

Side pain can be an indication of a number of different medical conditions. If the pain is severe, it’s important to get it checked out by a medical professional.

Stomach pain

Stomach pain is the most common reason patients visit the ER. You should seek medical care right away if any of these symptoms accompany your stomach pain:

  • Stomach is hard and/or tender to the touch
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Unable to eat without nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath or dizziness
  • High fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dark or black stool
  • Vomit contains blood

Stroke

Call 911 right away if you think you or a loved one are having symptoms of a stroke. Quick action after symptoms appear saves brain cells and quality of life.

Signs of a stroke include sudden:

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Trouble breathing

Respiratory distress can be the result of chronic conditions like asthma or something as serious as heart failure. Signs that you should seek emergency medical treatment include:

  • Breathing stops
  • Severe shortness of breath that affects your ability to function
  • Noisy, high-pitched and rapid wheezing
  • Pain or tightness in chest
  • Coughing up blood

What to expect at our Miami ER

When you first get to the ER, a triage nurse will ask you about your symptoms and take some vital signs. Once you have seen a healthcare professional, a registration clerk will get information for your medical record and insurance. Whether or not you have insurance or are able to pay, you will be medically screened, evaluated and stabilized.

If you have a life-threatening illness or injury, you will be first to be treated in the ER, followed by seriously ill or unstable patients. All others will be seen in the order that they come to the ER. We strive to make your time in the waiting room as pleasant and brief as possible.

What to bring with you to the ER

  • List of medicines you take or the actual medicines
  • List of known medical allergies
  • A copy of results from any recent medical tests
  • List of recent medical procedures
  • Care preferences or restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact

Before you are sent home, ask any questions you may have about your care. Make sure you keep all your paperwork, discharge instructions and medicines if you receive any.

If you have a primary care provider listed in your medical record, we will give them a copy of your visit summary. Contact your primary care provider after you visit our ER.

If you don’t have a primary care provider, we are happy to help you find a primary care physician at Kendall Regional.