Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 18, 1976 · Page 137
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July 18, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 137

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CONTINUED Conn., states, "When a patient walks into a hospital, he is reduced to a child. He is stripped of his clothing. His authority is taken away and he is full of fear. He needs information and reassurance." Danbury Hospital has embarked upon . a broad program employing transactional analysis techniques to teach its 1350 nurses, technicians and other employees that patients are people. Special classes are held in which trained experts explain the psychological reasons for patients' reactions and what hospital aides can do to make them feel better. A patient who rings vainly for a nurse for 20 minutes feels unimportant, a second-class citizen. The nurse is urged to explain carefully the cause for the delay and make the patient realize how important he is.. Gail Vallely, assistant director of dietetics, says that the transactional analysis training has done wonders for her. "Meals are the one thing patients look forward to, the one thing that doesn't hurt them," she declares. "Ifs one of the few pleasant things that happen to them in the hospital. If a meal is not what they expected, patients can be extremely nasty. Your first reaction is to get mad. But transactional analysis has given me a lot of insight. I can get along with patients much better." The hospital says that patient complaints have dropped appreciably. The program has been so effective that it has been adopted by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Conn. 9. STOPPING SUICIDES. Would-be suicides who take overdoses of sleeping pills and other drugs are getting a second chance for life at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. After 10 years of research, Dr. Jerry L Rosen- baum, a kidney specialist, has perfected a new device for filtering poisons out of human blood. The device, known as the EX 60 Cartridge, consists of a short plastic column filled with an absorbent resin. When a patient is brought into the hospital, his poisoned blood is quickly withdrawn, pumped into the column, · and heparin added to prevent clotting. As the blood circulates through the resin material, the poisons are filtered out. The cleansed blood is then returned to the patient The EX 60 Cartridge has proven amazingly effective. Most poison patients in deep comas who might have died or, at the least, remained comatose for four to five days, are being "brought back to life" in three to four hours. Recently, a 58-year-old woman who'd swallowed 40 sleeping pills was brought to Einstein Center in a deep coma and on the verge of death. Her blood was pumped through the column, and in two hours she was responding to verbal commands. She fully recovered. 10. MICROSCOPE WITH A MEMORY. Counting and classifying white blood cells is one of the most critical assignments a hospital hematology laboratory can have. It can determine whether patients have parasitic, bacterial or viral infections, asthma, appendicitis or leukemia. In many hospitals, this is done with a hand-counting machine--a tiring, boring task and liable to human error. At Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati a computerized microscope does the work. A television camera inside the computer scans the white cells through the microscope, and the computer identifies and classifies them. If it cannot classify an abnormal cell, it instantly notifies the operator. The hematologists at Good Samaritan say that the apparatus (called LARCfor Leukocyte Automatic Recognition Computer) has vastly speeded up their reports. "And we are a lot surer of our findings," they state. 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