The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 8, 1971 · Page 46
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Friday, October 8, 1971
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Bloodmobile 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 0 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Bloodmobile will be located at the F i r s t Presbyterian Church, Sherman and Poplar. The quota is 600 pints. Mrs. Frank Stuckey, blood chairman for the local Red 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 arc requested to call the office, 2-3330, to make an appointment or to drop in while the Bloodmobile is here to donate blood. _Mrs. Stuckey said the busiest times of the clay are when the Bloodmobile first opens and advised drop-ins to come later in the clay. Serve Papers At Great Bend CHEAT BEND — Attorney General Vcrn Miller confirmed today that subpoenas arc being served to club managers and directors and others involved in clubs raided by Miller 1 in the Great Bend area last weekend. They appeared to be subpoenas for an inquc.stion in connection with alleged gambling- Miller, asketl about the report, said the subpoenas "arc a part of our continuing investigation." Me declined further comment and would not divulge the names or number of persons involved. Local Musician to Lamed Club Recital Mrs. Michael Spoon, 1822 Ash will be the young musician pro sented this year in a homecom ing recital by tho Lamed Mu sic Club. The program will b at the Lamed First Prosbytcri an Church at 3 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Spoon is the forme Sharon Turner, daughter o Lamed Superintendent o Schools Alvah A. Turner am Mrs. Turner. Dorothy E. Mil ler, Lamed, will be the accom panisl. Michael Spoon, vocal musi teacher at Hutchinson Higi School, will join his wife in singing folk songs, which wil make up the second half of tin program. He will accompany with his 12-slring guitar. Th< couple sang at the Slate Musi' Club convention in Wichita las year. In the first part of the pro gram Mrs. Spoon will sing tw numbers from "The Marriagi of F i g a r o" and works b; Mahler, Bergsma, Niles an Bernstein. Mrs. Spoon directs the choi of First Congregational Churc in Hulchinson. Hiitcliiiison News Friday, Oct. 8, 1971 Page 3 No Hospital Infection Alarm 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 on methods used in Hutchinson to prevent the spread of infection wiMiin the hospitals. "Nosocnmial infections (hos- pilal cross-infections) are always a Ihroat bur arc no real problem in Hu'chinson hospitals." said Dr. William Von Ruden. chairman of the Infection Control Committee for the two local hosnilal units. "Fortunately, there is no significant problem of infection clue lo hospital bacterial contamination in cither of our hospitals here in Hutchinson. This fact has not hoen achieved by good fortune alone but by continual hard work and diligence on the part of all of the hospital em- ployes and physicians." The ccmmittce which Von Ruden chairs is eslabli. c h?d by the bylaws of the medical staff find is to contain three or more nifmbnrt of the active staff. CiiiTr>i|.ly serving nn it are, in add I'Ion. to Von Rutl-'i, Dr. Norman B"s. Dr. ,1. E. McMullan. a-'d Dr. C. T. HhFliaw. The dirflc'o-s of nursing s n -'v- icc. Mrs. Donna [loss and Mrs. Ma-ion Ilinrk. an? ex offido m»mbers. 0 I ho r personnel, siifh M s a briptr»nol»<j|sl. nvol with I he as ivoed?d. quality control" Mackev said, "I don't think any other Industry operates wilh so much quality control, so much peer review or reviews by people from outside Ihc industry." Mrs. Hess, nursing supervisor at North Hospital found "shocking" 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. "1 can't believe it — anyone taught sterile techniques knows better than that," she said. One thing the hospitals do lo moot public health a n d Joint Accreditation Commission re- qulreriienls Is grow cultures taken from all areas of the hospitals. All areas are checked once a in o n t h with no departments given warning before lab technicians arrive lo make their culture. They take s a m pics 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 Lee, medical technologist in the North Hospital lab, said, "We haven't been able to relate anything from our cultures to the patient. The whole purpose of the program is so as not to Infect patients." TIIEDA LEE, medical technologist at North Hospital, examines cultures taken from the kitchen hospital as (Mows Pholo by Jim Morris) part of the constant monitoring. Inset provides close look of plate. Mayor Is Burned in Explosion """t. !>,, ovftr |!, fi cd d;ih from the prior dinner — (he ciiHiire reporls. reports (if surgical or (M h c r wound Infections — and al- |pmn| lo kten'ifv Ihc o*\«\n of (hnl infaclinn to sec if it w.'vs present IH'on- f h o psi- (lent was hospitalized or «c- ((Hired while he was in the hnspltal. If the latter, we try lo see what we can do. Von Ruden, who is a surgfon, stresses that there is a big difference between the I c r m s "hospital caused" and "hospital-acquired" in referring to infections saying some persons would become infected during surgery whether operated on in " c hospital, on t h e kitchen ble, or in an African jungle. "About half of all' hospital cquircd infections arc surgi- )1 wound infections and the verwhelming majority of lese are unavoidable, being ausec! by the nature of the articular surgical illness," he JAY DISBKRCiKK, horticulture instructor, starts arrangement of HCC greenhouse Interior. 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 with 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 lint water tank, igniting Fumes which cx- p!.oded and set a fire. Merl Sutlers 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 smoke damage. The explosion blew out two doors, including the basement door, ripping the latch on one door through the frame. "IHKMEN EXAMINE smoldering material after basement blaze. Able to walk, Sellers was riven to the hospital by neigh- iors before firemen arrived. He suffered shock, first de- ;ree burns lo his face, sec- nd degree burns lo his arms ind legs, and his hair was inged. A former city commissioner, tellers served four years and vas mayor during part of his erm. Big Snotv Hit One Year Ago Many Hutchinson residents turned on air conditioners Thursday and Friday's weather remained balmy with a 64- degree reading at I 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 Irec damage in early fall in a century. The two-day (Oct. 8-9) precipitation total for t h e 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. Cyclist Suffers Minor Injuries A 20-year o 1 d molorcyclis was treated and released, a North Hospital shortly after loon Friday after an acciden at llth and Kfil. Ronald L, Novack, 608'A Eas 4lh, received minor injuries ti iis right arm and leg, but rn 'raclurc.s, after his cycle anc •i car driven by Billy D, An dot-son, 22, 7 South Pershing col 'i dec!. Novack was on KG) at th lime of the wreck, Anderso was issued a .summons fo failure lo yield right of way a a posted stop. Rules Against NCAA TULSA, Dkla. (AP) slate judge loday enjoined th National Collegiate Athletic A socinlloii from placing an sanctions on the Universities Texas or Oklahoma if their Sa urday football game is tel vised live here. aid. "A common example would be 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- rupturcd appendix." UF Campaign At $60,000 He 1 said the other half of ospilal - acquired infections re scattered through-out medi al, obstetrical and other areas f 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 rom old-age and cancer might p ery likely die from pneumonia md an autopsy or coroner's eport would have to show this crminal event as the cause of eath. "The pneumonia is incidental —it's not Ihe caure of dealh," ie said. One source in the AP story aid "Ihere could be as many is 100,000 deaths a year" in he U.S. from cross-infections. Reno County United Fund had received $00,000 in cash and pledges by Friday noon. Equitable Life employe solicitation produced a per capita increase of $7.30. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home increased Us 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 lo $42.72, highest reported in this campaign. The was up 38 000 more per cent. mates for Other firms completing their since only campaigns included Mann and Co. and Master Machine. The following solicitors have completed all calls and returned all packets lo the United Fund Office: Bob Wiley, Max Murray, Burnham Humphreys, Acldison Meschke, Fred Littooy, Art Collins, George Oldham, Wayne Campbell, Fred Bryan, Rune Johnson, Wayne Wernct, Jim Duffy, Dale Hoofer, Dick Popp, Cecil Goeldner, Bill Rcichcrt, George Pyc, Mark Youngers, George Casement, Woody Miller, Paul Hinckley, Dr. R. G. Brooks, and Dr. Cecil Stchr. Fall Foliage HCC Okays Building Bid The Hulchinson 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 ads complex on the HCC campus. The company's base bid of $117,256 was the lowesl by a hair of six submitted, and seven alternates were added to make up the final figure. The amounl was at least $20,000 more than original esti- the the art building, shell of Ihc Tour Is Back building had been considered in the beginning. To Put Underground Al the same time, I'll e trustees agreed to begin to put underground the college's electrical lines. Kenneth Bradfield, of Kansas Power and Light, told the trustees thai construction of the art building would interfere with lines coming in from 14th Street. In addition, he said, it was time t h e col- ege assumed ownership of the >ower facilities and began un- Jerground installation. Heavy use of power at the college caused some transformers to go out this summer and present facilities are not ade* quale. By owning Ihe facilities, Ihe college could qualify for a "I have no idea what would be a believable figure bill I h I s figure is ridiculous," Von linden said. "I've been in too many hospl- als—there's just not that much nfection," 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 con- ex!" and the author was "try- ng lo 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. Mac-key called the story "ill- timed' 1 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 The News' Fall Foliage tour- group returned to Hulchinson from a two-week visit lo Ihe 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 Hulchinson — Mr, and Mm. Kon. nolh Bnumer, 326 Croscont Blvd.; Mr«. Elmo Murphy, 31104 Independence Mrs, Dorolhy A/\undwollor, 1003-A East 33rd; Mary Ellen Smlos, 5 East 3fllh; Mr. and Mrs. Klasson, 134 Downing Road; Mr. and Mrs. E, E. Taylor, 2903 North Monroe; Mrs. Thelma McNaul, 325 West 8thj Mrs, True Foster, 223 Eait 16th. From Other Cities — Hazel Priest and lower rate. large power Industrial Agree To Cost The trustees agreed to Ihc $12,000 charge suggested and lines will be laid underground from a point in the middle of the maintenance complex yard to the wesl side of Ihe tennis courts. Bradficlcl said the $12,000 could be paid in 2'/a years with estimated power cost savings at the large power industrial rale. Bradfield said the present college power arrangement is llle- ;al because the college should own ils own power facilities to receive ils present electrical rale. He pointed out tho present system is inadequate and the college is undersupplied with ilectricily. 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 Arc Arreslcd On Burglary Charge Pete C. Medina, 18, and Rilha Aline Minor, 18, both of 122 East F, were arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of burglary and theft. They are accused of entering a house at 914 West 2nd ant taking a cedar chest and an an> tique nail keg. At their arraignment they pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor thcfl. Lawyer Herberl Hess was appointed to represent Ihem 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, tho new $34,400 greenhouse on the Hutchinson Campus Is ready for acceptance, the college board ••<>£ 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 o£ the building cost was approved for payment. The board also agreed-the col- lego 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 sec- 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 driving while intoxicaled and eluding an officer. Warrick remains in satisfactory condition at North Hospital with a severely dislocated knee, broken finger, back injury, bruises and abrasions. Thelma Johnston, McPhorson; Mrs. Faye C. Wocknllz, Mrs. Hazel Siller, Mrs. A, W. Burgess, Mrs, Alma Rlchhart, Nlckor- son; Mr, and Mrs, Oscar Plehler, Mrs. Ernest Crowl, Mr .»nd Mrs, A. M. Dlakely, Lyons; Mil red Haljrock, Mrs, Nalva Bruoggemon, Hays; Mr, and Mrs, Howard Hynes, Arlington; Mrs. Esther Brumtlold, Martian Bogerd, Ermlna Kennedy, Lewis; Mrs. Florence Steward, Pretty Prairie, Edith Blubaugh, Burrlon; Mrs. Garnell Schulz, Newton;' Mr. and Mrs, J. F. Banmnn, North Newton; Mrs, Marie Gartung, Kinsley; Mrs, Martha Elledoe, Troutdale; Mrs, Mildred Hathaway, Mrs. Velma Ralni, Garflald; Mr. and Mrs. Everolt E. Awry, Larned; Mr. and Mrs. WJ 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 mall beverage, is not 52(5 East 5lh as reported in the Thursday transcript. Red Plug-in Lights For Unmarked Cars Sheriff Charles Heidebrechl said Thursday lie plans lo purchase three portable red spotlights for use by officers in unmarked cars for traffic arrests. "I don't want them (officers in unmarked cars) working traffic per sc, but if they're en- roulc lo an assignment and see a violation, particularly a flag' rant violation, I see no reason why they shouldn'l go ahead and issue a ticket," he said. Hcldcbrecht sought authorization from the county com- mlHslon to purchase the spotlights after two speeding canes came to trial in whicli the arresting officer was in an unmarked car. In each case, the defendant teslified he was frightened into commitllng the violation, because he did not know his pursuer was a law enforcement officer. Heidebrecht said tho 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 offense, the officer would focus the light on the violation car. Of course, if the car falls (o stop, the officer wouldn't be able to kep the light out tho window in a chase, said Heidebrecht. But at least the officer would be able lo testify that he used a red light if tho 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, bul 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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