Brevard’s Only Pediatric ER Is Now Open at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center

For infants and children up to 17 years old

As part of Health First’s ongoing mission to provide industry-leading healthcare for every person, the health system has created an underwater emergency department at the Holmes Regional Medical Center for children ages 0-17. hospitals and clinics in the area.

With Child Life therapists and virtual reality goggles, Health First’s Pediatric Emergency Department at Holmes Regional Medical Center is the only one of its kind in the province.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County parents, we have you. Whether your child has a bone fracture, prickly fever, or an allergic reaction, you now have more than a traditional hospital when it comes to their emerging care needs – a dedicated pediatric emergency room.

As part of Health First’s ongoing mission to provide industry-leading healthcare for every person, the health system has created an underwater emergency department at the Holmes Regional Medical Center for infants and children up to 17 years of age. stands alone between hospitals and clinics in the area.

The unit is more than just fun wall paint, said Dr. Danielle Devereaux, who heads the department, “although it’s beautiful there and that sense of ease is deliberate.”

It maintains a team of nurses trained in pediatrics, prepared for roaring injection takers, often with very small doses that need to be accurate.

And there are two Child Life Specialists on the floor to explain matters in a developmentally appropriate way, sometimes guiding parents, always ready with toys and therapeutic interactivity to help children get both the care they receive and the anxiety that comes with they feel they understand. .

Child Life Specialists on the floor to explain matters in a developmentally appropriate way, sometimes counseling parents during the process, always ready with toys and therapeutic interactivity to help children get both the care they receive and the fear they feel to understand.

The emergency room is stocked with pediatric medical supplies, which isn’t always the case with generic ERs – appropriately sized tubing and catheters, instruments, and even coats.

Anything “small” is given a topical anesthetic cream, but if there is no time, a bumblebee device can be pulled out of the freezer to numb and “buzz” it just above the injection site, distracting the child from the injection process.

“The tremors and the cold do a number of things to the pain centers to lessen what the child perceives,” said Devereaux.

And for a more immersive escape, the Child VR Virtual Reality Therapy Program is an interactive headset experience that aids in positive distraction.

“We have specialized lights in the room that work to calm the scene. I have an X-ray machine that looks like a submarine. All of this put children at ease, ”Devereaux said.

“Our pediatric emergency room is tailored to the very specific needs of our youngest patients,” said Brett Esrock, Health First CEO of Hospital Services, “and it is a showpiece for what Health First can bring to this community that we value so much.”

The more than 3,200 square foot unit was developed in partnership with AdventHealth for Children in Orlando.

Visit HF.org/PedsER for more information

As part of Health First’s ongoing mission to provide industry-leading healthcare for every person, the health system has created an underwater emergency department at the Holmes Regional Medical Center for children ages 0-17. hospitals and clinics in the area.

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