Florida Keys Important Visitors' Information

All precautions should be taken to avoid decompression illness, but if illness is suspected the hospital staffs in the Keys are very experienced with diagnosing and treating it. Divers suspecting decompression illness should seek medical attention immediately at one of the Keys hospitals The staff at these facilities know how to diagnose and treat the condition. If necessary, they will transfer patients to one of two decompression facilities in the Keys. The U.S. Military operates a decompression chamber in Key West. The more-often used facility is located in the Upper Keys at Mariner's Hospital.

In an emergency, dial 911 from any phone in the Florida Keys.

In case of a boating emergency, dial 911 or contact the United States Coast Guard, via Channel 16, on a marine VHF radio.

The Keys have three well-equipped hospitals, but in some severe emergencies patients are airlifted to facilities on mainland Florida:

Upper Keys

Mariner's Hospital
Phone: 305-434-3000
Mile Marker 91.5, Tavernier

Middle Keys

Fishermen's Hospital
Phone: 305-743-5533
Mile Marker 48.7, Marathon

Lower Keys and Key West

Lower Keys Medical Center
Phone: 305-294-5531
5900 College Road , Stock Island

Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Phone: 305-289-2430

Key West Police Department
Phone: 305-809-1111

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