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Emergency Medicine

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Emergency Services Department provides high quality emergency care for sick or injured patients. The Emergency Department at Cleveland Clinic is one of only two in Broward County which offers intravascular cooling for patients with cardiac arrest.

South Florida Emergency Department

When immediate medical care is critical, rely on the experience of the emergency department at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Our emergency department provides care to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians. Each year, the volume of patient visits exceeds 35,000 and we treat emergencies ranging from broken bones to heart attacks to strokes. Our experienced team of emergency physicians and nurses are dedicated to providing high quality patient centered care for our community.

Our emergency department features 22 treatment rooms/spaces equipped to handle everything from minor illnesses to critical conditions. To further expedite patient care, our Fast Track area involves placing medical staff members at the front door of the Emergency Department in order to take non-critical patients to a room where they can be registered and immediately seen by healthcare professionals. Non-critical patients are kept vertical which means they sit upright while receiving treatment. As a result, rooms with high-tech medical equipment are more readily available for critical cases.

Certified Primary Stroke Center & Comprehensive Stroke Center Designations

Cleveland Clinic Florida is an accredited Primary Stroke Center, certified by Joint Commission and American Heart Association. This achievement demonstrates that our stroke program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Cleveland Clinic Florida has also been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Association. In addition, our program has been the recipient of the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

Stroke Awareness

The American Stroke Association recommends that if you experience any of the following symptoms, call 9-1-1:

  • Loss of speech
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurry or double vision 
  • Dizziness and vertigo 
  • Paralysis 
  • Weakness 
  • Severe headache, often accompanied by neck stiffness and vomiting