The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 8, 1971 · Page 3
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Friday, October 8, 1971
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Bloodmohile In Hutch Next Week "Give a Bunch of Corpuscles" the colorful sign requests. And the opportunity comes next week when the Red Cross Bloodmobile makes its three- day stop in Hutchinson. From noon to 5:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 2:15 pm. Wednesday, the Bloodmobile will be located at the F i r s t Presbyterian Church, Sherman and Poplar. The quota is (iOO pints. Mrs. Frank Stuckey. blood chairman for the local II e d Cross chapter, said, "we're always looking for new donors." Volunteers who have been calling previous donors have had difficulty finding people at home and these persons, as well as new donors are requested to call the office, 2-3338, to make an appointment or to drop in while the Bloodmobile is here to donate blood. Mrs. Stuckey said the busiest times of the day are when the! Bloodmobile first opens and advised drop-ins to come later in | the day. Serve Papers At Great Bend CHEAT BEND - Attorney General Vern Miller confirmed today that subpoenas are being served to club managers and directors and others involved in clubs raided by Miller' in the Great Bend area last weekend. They appeared to be subpoenas for an inqiiestion in connection with alleged gambling. Miller, asked about the report, said the subpoenas "arc a part of our continuing investigation." He declined further comment and would not divulge the names or number of persons involved. Local Musician to Lamed (Hub Recital Mrs. Michael Spoon, 1022 Ash, will be tin; young musician presented (his year in a homecoming recital by the'ned Music Clul). The program will be at (he Larned First Presbyterian Church at ;5 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. S;:oon is the former Sharon Turner, daughter of Larned Superintendent of Schools Alvah A. Turner and Mrs. Turner. Dorothy E. Miller, Larned, will be the accompanist. Michael Spoon, vocal music teacher at Hutchinson High School, will join his wife in singing folk songs, which will make up the second half of the program. He will accompany with his 12-string guitar. The couple sang at (lie Slate Music Club convention in Wichita last year. In the first part of the program Mrs. Spoon will sing two numbers from "The Marriage of F i g a r o" and works by Mahler, Bergsma, Niles and Bernstein. Mrs. Spoon directs the choir of First Congregational Church in Hutchinson. Hutchinson News Friday, Oct. 8, 1971 Page 3 No Hospital Infection Alarm Here HILDA LEE, medical technologist at North Hospital, examines cultures taken from the kitchen hospital as (News Pholo by Jim Morris) part of the constant monitoring. Inset provides close look of plate. Ex-Hutch Mayor Is Burned in Explosion Former Hutchinson mayor Merl Sellers, II!) Kisiwa, was burned in an explosion and fire at his home Thursday evening. He was reported in satisfactory condition Friday at North Hospital suffering from shock and second degree burns to his arms and legs. The Hutchinson Fire Department, responding to the 8 :54 p.m. call wilh two trucks, said Sellers had been putting a silicone sealer on the basement floor of his new home. He and his wife had moved into the home only last weekend. When he finished the floor, Sellers lighted a hot water tank, igniting fumes which exploded and set a fire. Mvrl Svllvrs The fire, confined to the basement, burned the floor, some furniture and material stored in the basement. Damage from the fire was minor, firemen said, but the house suffered major moke damage. The explosion blew out two doors, including the basement door, ripping the latch on one I door through the frame. Able to walk, Sellers was driven to the hospital by neigh bors before firemen arrived He suffered shock, first de gree burns to his face, sec ond degree burns to his arms and legs, and his hair was A former city commissioner, Sellers served four years and was mayor during part of his term. Big Snow Hit One Year Ago Many Hutchinson residents turned on air conditioners Thursday and Friday's weather remained balmy with a 64- degree reading at 1 p.m. So what? Well, Friday is one year to the day since Hutchinson was buried by an early snow storm which caused the worst tree damage in early fall in a century. The two-day (Oct. 8-9) precipitation total for the 1970 storm was 1.70 inches. The temperature never dipped below 30 degrees. The storm started with a drizzle, turning to snow after dark. Snow depth the next morning was five inches. ' HtEMEN EXAMINE smoldering material after basement blaze. Suffers Minor Injuries A 20-year o I d motorcyclist was treated and released at North Hospital shortly after noon Friday after an accident at llth and Kfil. Ronald L. Novack, 608 Va East 4lh, received minor injuries to his right arm and leg, but no fractures, after his cycle and 1 cir driven hv Billy D. Anderson, 22, 7 South Pershing, col'idcti. Novack was on KOI at the lime of the wreck. Anderson was issued a summons f 0 r failure to yield right of way at a posted stop. Rules Against NCAA TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A stale judge today enjoined the National Collegiate Athletic Association from placing any sanctions on the Universities of Texas or Oklahoma if their Saturday football game is televised live here. By MARY KAY KNIEF Calling an Associated Press story in Wednesday 's News ill- timed, "poor journalism" and "scare tactics" local hospital personnel commented Thursday 011 methods used in Hutchinson to piwrnit the spread of infection vvi'hin the hospitals. "Nosocomial infections 1 hospital cmss-infrelionsi are always a throat bu 1 are no real problem in Hu'chinson hospitals." said Dr. William Von Ruden, chairman of the Infection Control Committee for the two local hosnital units, "Fortunately, there is no significant problem of infection due to hospital bacterial contamination in either of our hospitals here in Hutchinson, This fact, has not l>"en achieved by good fortune alone but by continual hard work and diligence on the part of all of the hosnital em­ ployes and physicians." The committee which Von Ruden chairs is established by tlv bylaws of the medical staff fnd is to enntain three or- more nvmhr'iN of the active staff. Curi'-'^tly sei'viii'.; '>n it are, in addi'ici to V"ii Hud"'i, Dr. Norman fV 'S. Dr. ,1. Jv Mc- MOIIH-I ;\-(\ Dr. ('. T. Mi-ishaw. The dir'c'irs of mirsimi s""vice. Mrs. Donna llcss and Mrs. M;rnn Minck, an* ex officio, nrnibors. Other personnel, | such "s a Ivict 'M 'inI 'M 'i^t. iivel with the omniiitee as needed. «M 'fi (i n over the accumulated d :«t - < from th« prio»- on :i p ter — - the culture reports, reports of surnlcal or <t t li e r wound infections — and al- ti-mnt to itfcn'lfv the o r l «ln of that infection to sec if it w .»s present b"fon> t h f patient was hospitalized or acquired while he was in the hospital. Ff the latter, wc try to see what we can do. Von Ruden, who is a surg"on. stresses that there is a big difference between the t o r m s "hospital caused" and "hospital-acquired" in referring to infections saying some persons would become infected during surgery whether operated on in the hospital, on t h e kitchen table, or in an African jungle. "About half of all hospital acquired infections are surgical wound infections and the overwhelming majority of these are unavoidable, being caused by the nature of the particular surgical illness," he said. "A common example would lie a ruptured appendix case. Here, due to the 'seeding' of the wound during surgery with germs from the appendix, an infection is very likely to occur. However, it is extremely rare to have a wound infection in an un­ ruptured appendix." quality control" — Mackey said, "I don't think any other industry operates with so much quality control, so much peer review or reviews by people from outside the industry." Mrs. Hess, nursing supervisor at North Hospital found "shock, ing" a report, in the AP story of witnesses seeing nurses or other hospital personnel drop a catheter on the floor, pick it up and insert it in a patient. "I can't believe it — anyone kitiKlit sterile techniques knows better than that," she said. One thing the hospitals do to meet public health a n d Joint Accreditation Commission re­ quirements is grow cultures taken from all areas of the hospitals. All areas are checked once a m 0 n t h with no departments given warning before lab technicians arrive to m a k e their culture. They lake s a m pies from floors, tables, silverware, trays, employees' hands and hair and so on. Mrs. Hess explained "positive cultures or large numbers of infections from an area are indicative of a problem and ac­ tion is suggested by the committee." She called the procedure "a good test of our every day environmental sanitation and also of the effectiveness of our cleaning methods. Thcda I<ec, medical technologist in the North Hospital lab, said, "Wc haven't been able to relate anything from our cultures to the patient. The whole purpose of the program is so its not to infect patients." JAY DISKEIKiElt, horticulture instructor, starts arrangement of IICC greenhouse interior. UF Campaign At $60,000 Reno County United Fund had received $00,000 in cash and pledges by Friday noon. Equitable Life employe soli citation produced a per capita increase of $7.30. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home increased its firm per capita gift by 122 per cent and O'Mara Motor Co. became 100 per cent fair share group number nine. The O'Mara gift was up 18 per cent. The firm per capita gift also jumped 18 per cent. Employes of First Federal Savings & Loan increased their per capita giving to $42.72, highest reported in this campaign. The firm gift was up 38 per cent Other firms completing their campaigns included Mann and Co, and Master Machine. The following solicitors have . , , , .completed all calls and return- He said the other half of ed .,n packets to the United hospital - acquired infections are scattered through-out medi cal, obstetrical and other areas of the hospital. "A high percentage of non­ surgical infections occur in very ill or weak patients who are entirely susceptible to infection of any kind." He said a patient suffering from old-age and cancer might very likely die from pneumonia and an autopsy or coroner's report would have to show this terminal event as the cause of death. "The pneumonia is incidental it's not the cnu'c of death," he said. One source in the AP story said "there could be as many as 100,000 deaths a year" in the U.S. from cross-infections, "I have no idea what would be a believable figure hut this figure is ridiculous," Von Kudcn said. "I've been in too many hospitals—there's just not that much infection," Von Ruden said. He claims that while a lot of the story is true, there was "too much for one article," "statements are out of context" and the author was "trying to use scare tactics." Joe Mackey, executive vice president of the Hutchinson Hospital Corporation, said the story contained "half-truths" and was "irresponsible journalism" and the combined rate of hospital-acquired infections for the local hospitals is below national averages. Mackey called the story "ill- timed'' because the local hospital corporation faces a building program fund drive. Directly refuting a statement in the story~"No other industry operates with so little Fund Office: Bob Wiley, Max Murray, Burnham Humphreys, Addison Meschke, Fred Littooy, Art Collins, George Oldham, Wayne Campbell, Fred Bryan, Rune Johnson, Wayne Wernet, Jim Duffy, Dale Hoefer, Dick I'opp, Cecil Goeldner, Bill Reichert, George Pye, Mark Yoimgers, George Casement, Woody Miller, Paul Hinckley, Dr. R. G. Brooks, and Dr. Cecil Stehr. Fall Foliage Tour Is Back The News' Fall Foliage tour group returned to Hutchinson from a two-week visit to the Northeast and parts of Canada. The tour was hosted by Alvin Dumler, retired editorial staffer, and his wife. Harley Wheeler was driver. The tourists: From Hutchlnton — Mr. nni Mrs. Knn- noil) Hnurner, 326 Crescent Blvd.; Mrs. Elma Murphy, 1W4 Independence; Mrs, [Dorothy Mundwoller, 100?-A EaM ?3rd; Mar/ Ellen Smles, 5 E/nl ?«th; Mr. <ind Mrs. Uf .i>\ Klassen, 134 Downing Road; Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Taylor, 7WI North Monro*; Mrs. Thelma McNeill, 325 West dth; Mrs. True Fostsr, 2?3 East 16th. From Olhor Cltict — Hazel Prlost and Thelma Johnston, McPliwson; Mrs. Faye C, Wocknlti, Mrs. Hazel Siller, Mrs. A. W. Burgess, Mr*. Alma Rlchhart, Nlcker- son; Mr, and Mrs. Oscar Plehler, Mrs. Ernmt Crowl, Mr ,and Mrs. A. M. Blakaly, Lyons; Mil red Habrock, Mrs. Nalva Brueggeman, Hays; Mr. drid Mrs. Howard Hynos, Arlington; Mrs. Esther Brumlleld, Martian Bogord, Ermlna Kennedy, Lewis; Mrs. Florence Steward, Prolly Prairie, Edith Blubaugh, Burrton; Mrs. Garnet! Schult, Newton; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Banman, North Newton; Mrs. Marie Gartung, Kinsley; Mrs. Marina Elledae, Trousdale) Mr*. Mildred Hathaway, Mrs. Vilma Rains, Garfield; Mr. and Mrs. Everett E. Avery, Lerned; Mr. and Mrs. W. M, Walte, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Durham, Hudson. Wrong Address The address of Franklin J. Walker, who was found guilty of possession of open container of cereal malt beverage, is not f»2fi East 5th as reported in the Thursday transcript. HCC Okays Building Bid The Hutchinson Community College board of trustees Thursday night accepted a $94,401 bid from Atkinson Construction Co. for construction of an art building south of the maintenance - industrial arts complex on the HCC campus. The company's base bid of $87,256 was the lowest by a hair of six submitted, and seven alternates were added to make up the final figure. The amount was at least $20,000 more than original estimates for the art building, since only the shell of the building had been considered in the beginning. To Put Underground At the same time, t h e trustees agreed to begin to put underground the college's electrical lines. Kenneth Bradfield, of Kansas Power and Light, told the trustees that construction of the art building would interfere with lines coming in from 14th Street. In addition, he said, it was time t h e college assumed ownership of the power facilities and began underground installation. Heavy use of power at the college caused some transform- el's to go out this summer and present facilities are not adequate. By owning the facilities, the college could qualify for a lower large power industrial rate. Agree To Cost The trustees agreed to the $12,000 charge suggested and lines will be laid underground from a point in the middle of the maintenance complex yard to the west side of the tennis courts. Bradfield said the $12,000 could he paid in 2'/a years with estimated power cost savings at the large power industrial rate. Bradfield said the present col lege power arrangement is illegal because the college should own its own power facilities to receive its present electrical rate. He pointed out the present system is inadequate and the college is undersupplied with electricity. The underground system would be safe and more secure from damage. The art building is to be completed In 120 days. Construction will start immediately- Square foot cost for the building will be $13.32, said Architect Dale Dronberger. Two Are Arrested On Burglary Charge Pete C. Medina, 18, and Ritha Aline Minor, 18, both of 122 East F, were arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of burglary and theft. They are accused of entering a bouse at 914 West 2nd and taking a cedar chest and an antique nail keg. At their arraignment they pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor theft. Lawyer Herbert them on the felony burglary charge. Trial on the theft and preliminary hearing on the burglary were set for Oct. 19. Bond was set at $1,000. New College Greenhouse Is Completed Except for one thermostat and a motor, the new $34,400 greenhouse on the Hutchinson Campus is ready for acceptance, the college board of trustees was told Thursday night. These should be in place soon and horticulture classes can begin moving into the building, said A. H, Elland, college president. Ninety per cent of the build* ing cost was approved for payment. The board also agreed the college must assume insurance on the building as soon as it is finished and builder's risk insurance no longer applies. An estimate placed the annual insurance payment at more than $700, but this is not firm. A greenhouse presents more damage possibilities than other buildings, even though construction is of fiberglass lions and not glass. The minimum fire protection on the South Campus also is a factor. Charges Are Filed Following Car Crash Charges were filed Friday against Carroll D. Warrick, 30, 2927 East 4th, who knocked down signs and a tree and demolished his car when he crashed into Crupper's Corner Thursday morning. He has been charged with Hess was appointed to represent driving while intoxicated and eluding an officer. Warrick remains in satisfactory condition at North Hospital with a severely dislocated knee, broken finger, hack injury, bruises and abrasions. Red Plug-in Lights For Unmarked Cars Sheriff Charles Heidebrecht said Thursday lie plans to purchase three portable red s|>ot- lights for use by officers in unmarked cars for traffic arrests. "I don't want them (officers in unmarked cars) working traffic per se, but if they're en- roulc to an assignment and see a violation, particularly a flagrant violation, I see no reason why they shouldn't go ahead and issue a ticket," he said. Heidebrecht sought authorization from the county commission to purchase the sput- lights after two speeding canes came to trial in which the arresting officer was in an unmarked ear. In each ease, the defendant testified he was frightened into committing the violation, be cause he did not know his pur suer was a law enforcement officer. Heidebrecht said the spotlight will be similar, except for color to the ones now used by officers to check buildings at night. The officer holds the light out the window after plugging it in to the cigarette lighter. In the case of a traffic, the officer would focus the light on the violation car. Of course, if the car foils to stop, the officer wouldn't be able to kep the light out the window in a chase, said Heidebrecht. But at least the officer would be able to testify that he used a red light if the case went to court. Heidebrecht said he assumes most violators will stop for a red light, even though it won't be placed on top of, the car. Unusual Occurrence "It's an unusual occurrence for an officer in an unmarked unit to make a traffic arrest, but it does happen," he said. "An officer just can't turn his head on a flagrant violation. It would kind of be over-specializing if he did that."

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