March 13, 2017: SPOKANE –Deaconess Hospital announced that it now offers nitrous oxide for expectant mothers to help manage pain while delivering. Deaconess is the first and only hospital in the Spokane-area to offer this service and one of the few in the entire state of Washington.
Nitrous oxide – which has been offered across the United States for over 30 years – presents immediate pain relief and decreased anxiety within 30-60 seconds of administration. The gas is self-administered by the patient under the watchful eye of specially trained labor and delivery nurses.
Patients remain awake and alert while the pain reliever is used, including full use of their motor and sensory function. As a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, nitrous oxide enters and leaves the body through the lungs so it doesn’t accumulate in the mother. Numerous studies have shown no ill effects on the baby. In fact, forty – sixty percent of laboring women in the United Kingdom and other European countries have used nitrous oxide for pain management.
“We are proud to be the first hospital in the area to offer this service,” Dr. Lori Smetana, Deaconess’ OB Services Director, said. “Our primary goal is to support our patients. Nitrous oxide presents a safe and effective means to make our patients as comfortable as possible while offering them another form of pain management.”
To schedule a tour, or learn about more of the services that Deaconess’ Labor and Delivery offers, call (509) 473 7241.
About Rockwood Health System
Rockwood Health System is an integrated healthcare delivery system including Deaconess Hospital, Rockwood Clinic and Valley Hospital. The health system strives to increase access to health services, improve coordination of patient care among providers, and focuses on building quality relationships. Our dedicated staff and physicians provide not only excellence in clinical care, but also personal, compassionate service to patients and their families; as partners for a healthier life. It is our goal to provide the best healthcare experience possible by putting the patient and the family first.
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