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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hours: 7 a.m.—3 p.m.

For the most stubborn wounds, Virginia Mason Memorial has two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. Once used to treat deep sea divers with decompression sickness, it is now one of the most innovative therapies offered by Virginia Mason Memorial's Wound Management Services.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the breathing of 100 percent oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere, the pressure of air at sea level. In order to accomplish this treatment, a patient must be enclosed in a specially constructed clear, acrylic chamber.

When and how is hyperbaric oxygen therapy administered?

A patient who has undergone 30 days of conventional wound treatment without significant improvement is a potential candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Once inside the chamber, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen delivered at two to three times atmospheric pressure.

The pressure forces oxygen to dissolve in the blood plasma, which essentially turns the blood into "high octane"—the level of oxygen in the blood can increase 20 to 30 times! Healing can then take place because more oxygen is getting to the wound. This helps the body kill germs and rebuild damaged tissues.

During the sessions, which usually last about two hours, patients can watch videos or even catch up on sleep, with many reporting the best sleep of their lives. Treatments are provided once or twice daily for up to five days a week, and are typically administered over four to six weeks. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of resistant wounds associated with diabetes, bone infection, radiation tissue damage and the preservation of skin grafts.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy makes a dramatic difference in the percentage of limbs saved. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy available, the amputation rate drops from 34 percent to 5 percent and hospital stays can be reduced by 24 percent. Studies show that nearly 80 percent of wounds that would potentially lead to limb loss can be salvaged with this type of therapy.

Virginia Mason Memorial offers hyperbaric medicine to patients with chronic wounds, especially our increasing diabetic population. Since these services were introduced, there has been a notable increase of patients healing more completely and more quickly.

What is HBOT used for?

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment may be used to treat a number of clinical conditions. Some of these include:

  • Decompression sickness
  • Poisonings, such as carbon monoxide or cyanide
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemic injuries
  • Wounds associated with skin grafts or flaps
  • Thermal burns
  • Wounds complicated by hypoxia (diabetic foot ulcers)
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis or soft tissue radionecrosis

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Mask Requirements

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.

To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.

We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy

As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery

We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.

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Visitors to Generations OB/GYN

As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.

No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:

1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound

Visitors to the Family Birthplace

Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.

Telehealth: Your questions answered

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COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic

Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

Physician Recruitment:

We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email spiritualcare@yvmh.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035

Tele-Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.

Virtual Chaplaincy

Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.

Elective Surgeries

Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

Hospital Lab Services

All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital Pharmacy

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.

The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia Del Hospital

A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm