If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.
Emergency Care at South Bay Hospital
The Emergency Care Department at South Bay Hospital uses a protocol driven and systematic approach to administer life saving treatments within minutes of a patient’s arrival. Our highly trained Emergency Department Staff are specialized in providing care for a wide variety of sudden and chronic illnesses as well as major and minor injuries.
South Bay Hospital was the only hospital in Hillsborough County recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care. This puts South Bay Hospital at the top 14% of Joint Commission accredited hospitals nationally.
South Bay Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Accredited in Heart Failure, Joint Commission Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care and a Silver “Get With the Guidelines” Award Winner for Stroke.
Emergency Room Features:
- Open 24 hours a day
- 16 private treatment rooms
- Staffed with emergency medicine specialists
- Referral capabilities to physicians in a variety of medical specialties who are on immediate call in case of emergency.
Emergency Department FAQs
How does the Emergency Room medical staff determine when I will be seen by a doctor?
Several patients may arrive at the same time, both as walk-ins and by ambulance. As you would expect, patients whose conditions are considered the most serious will be seen first. To help us rapidly and safely determine which patients need to be seen as a priority and which can safely wait, we follow a triage system. Triaging allows the nurses to "sort" incoming patients according to the severity of their illnesses or injuries.
What type of information will the Emergency Room require?
- Your name, age and date of birth
- Reason for your visit to the Emergency Room
- Your driver's license or other identification
This information is used to start setting up your hospital medical record.
How long should I expect my treatment to take in the Emergency Room?
The length of time you may spend in our Emergency Room depends on the following:
- How quickly you are seen by a doctor, which depends on the seriousness of your illness or injury.
- The types of tests you need in order for our medical staff to provide the best quality of care.
- How long it takes to get the results of the tests back.
Will I have to be admitted to the hospital?
You will only need to stay in the hospital if the doctors think you need more care, or if they want to keep an eye on you for a while.
Can someone be with me while I am in a treatment room?
Yes, you may have visitors with you in the treatment room. There are times when we may ask your visitor to remain in the reception area. These requests are made for your privacy as well as for the privacy of our other patients.
What are the steps of a typical visit to the Emergency Department?
- Step 1: TRIAGE - nurses "sort" incoming patients according to the severity of their illnesses or injuries.
- Step 2: REGISTRATION - patient information is collected for the medical record.
- Step 3: PRE-TREATMENT - we may begin treatment with blood collection and EKG's if necessary.
- Step 4: EXAM ROOM - when a treatment room becomes available, the patient will be called and escorted to a bed.
- Step 5: PROVIDE EXAM - the medical provider may be a physician or physician assistant. After the exam/treatment the patient will be given discharge instructions or, if necessary, admitted to the hospital.
Need help finding a physician?
For routine health matters and check-ups, contact your primary care physician. Regular check-ups with a primary care physician is the best way to maintain good health.
Visit Find a Physician on this website, or call 1-888-685-1595 for a free physician referral.
Broselow System for Acute Pediatric Administration of Drugs in the ED
The hospital’s emergency department has installed the Broselow System to ensure the proper dosing and administration of drugs to children. Pediatric dosing can be difficult, especially in emergency situations, and the Broselow System allows medical professionals to instantly access proper dosing, improve the speed and accuracy in acute preparation and administration of drugs, reduce medical errors and standardizes pediatric dosing so that we can provide our young patients with high quality emergency care, safely.