Health First Advises You to Know When to Seek Emergency Room Treatment

By  //  July 19, 2020

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“Health First emergency rooms remain a safe and clean place for patients” said Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has, and still is, causing anxiety and concerns surrounding our overall wellness and health. (Health First image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – There is no doubt that COVID-19 has, and still is, causing anxiety and concerns surrounding our overall wellness and health.

Many of us are taking the necessary steps such as social distancing, constant hand-washing and staying home. However, one important healthcare matter we shouldn’t ignore is going to the emergency room for medical treatment.

“Health First emergency rooms remain a safe and clean place for patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker, Chief Physician Executive with Health First.

“Our associates continue to answer the call for help and are dedicated to your personal health when dealing with COVID-19.”

Avoiding or delaying emergency medical attention for non-COVID-19 symptoms can be life-threatening, and any emergent health concerns should be taken seriously.

Many of you have worries about when is the right time to visit an emergency room and whether it’s safe to go.

At Health First, our goal is to remain focused and alert, as our emergency rooms are open and prepared to withstand any healthcare challenge.

“Health First emergency rooms remain a safe and clean place for patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker, Chief Physician Executive with Health First. “Our associates continue to answer the call for help and are dedicated to your personal health when dealing with COVID-19.” (Health First image)

We understand that COVID-19 is dominating our day-to-day lives, but heart attack, stroke and other urgent medical needs likely require emergency room care.

With the pandemic likely to continue for weeks in Florida, it’s important the community understands that our emergency rooms are safe and clean, and if you need to go, you should.

As for COVID-19 healthcare symptoms, it’s important to look for certain emergency warning signs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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If you or a loved are exhibiting any of the following signs – or any other that concern you – seek emergency care immediately:

▪ Trouble breathing
▪ Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
▪ New confusion
▪ Inability to wake or stay awake
▪ Bluish lips or face

For an added level of comfort, all Health First emergency rooms have taken great measures to ensure your safety.

We have implemented strict cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, as well as a universal masking policy and social distancing in our waiting rooms.

“We’ve had these policies in place long before COVID-19 struck our nation’s communities and hospitals, and took them a step further to make sure our emergency rooms are safe for you,” Dr. Stalnaker said.

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