Emergency Fracture Care
Virginia Mason Memorial's Emergency Department provide expert emergency care for broken bones or other major orthopedic injuries. In addition to experienced emergency physicians, there is a board certified orthopedic surgeon always available. Whether you've broken your finger, arm or your hip, our team of physicians, nurses and other staff members are prepared to provide you with early diagnosis and treatment for a multitude of fracture injuries. Our team is dedicated available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
How do I know if it's broken?
Fractured means broken. Whether you have a complete or a partial fracture, you have a broken bone. The classic signs of a fracture are pain, swelling, and deformity. However, unless you have an "open" fracture (a break where bone fragments are sticking out through the skin) it may be harder to tell.
Look for bruising and the inability to put weight on or move the injured area. If you suspect you have a fractured bone, seek emergency medical care immediately.
What to expect when you have a fracture:
Your doctor and hospital staff will likely do the following:
- Remove clothing from the injured area
- Perform a physical exam
- Perform an x-ray
- As necessary, apply a splint
- Manage pain
- If you have a fracture that is open (the bone is sticking out from the skin) you may be given antibiotics to prevent infection
In some cases, orthopedic specialists may be contacted to provide additional services.
- Re-aligning the bone:
- If the bone has shifted, your doctor may need to re-align the bone. You will receive a sedative and medication to numb the area while the doctor realigns the bone. In some cases, you may have to have general anesthesia (you will be asleep) while the surgeon re-aligns the bone
- In some cases the surgeon may need to use pins and/or screws to re-align the bone. If this is the case, you will be given general anesthesia during the procedure
- After the bone is re-aligned, another x-ray will be taken to ensure the bone is in the right position
- When you go home:
- If you have fractured an extremity (arm or leg), it is important to keep the extremity elevated above the level of your heart
- Take medications as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Motrin, etc.) unless prescribed by your doctor
- Ensure that you continue to move your uninjured joints to keep them from getting stiff
- If you have fractured your leg, make sure to ask your doctor how much weight you may place on your leg
- Practice good nutrition, as this will assist in bone healing.
- Do not smoke. This will inhibit bone healing
- If you have a cast, ensure that you care for the cast carefully according to these guidelines
- Follow all other instructions given to you by your doctor
- The time to heal a fracture varies by the size of the fracture, the size of the bone, nutrition, age, and many other factors, although small bones typically heal in 3-6 weeks, and longer bones will take more time.
- Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy when it is safe to do so to help you regain normal range of motion and function
COVID-19 News & Announcements
New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic
New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19
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.
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
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 »
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035
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.
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.
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.
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