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   Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 1998, Lethbridge, Alberta                                COMMUNITY EVENTS Carmangay Sports Day and Agricultural Fair Saturday, Aug. 1 SPECIAL A trek through time: A tribute. See page B8-9 CLASSIFIEDS Southern Alberta's Marketplace. See page B11-15 LETHBR Wednesday, July 700 (plus GST) Hpme.de YOUR LIFE. YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR NEWSPAPER. Nurses say patient safety at critical level By JOANNE HELMER Lethbridge The Alberta Association of Registered Nurses says concern about patient safety has reached alarmingly high levels in Alberta. No regional health authority is exempt, including the Chinook Health Region says AARN President Lorraine Way of Edmonton. AARN's tracking system shows nurses and members of the public are just as worried in every health region in the province, she says. AARN says it's received 175 calls about patient safety during a 34-week period ending May 22. In a previous reporting period, the orga- nization received 168 calls. "This is cause for serious says Way. Way says AARN can't identify how many calls came from each regional health authority. "We can't say five telephone calls came from Calgary and three from Palliser, or anything like that because we promised to maintain confi- dentiality. But they're all just as serious. "We know the nursing shortage is adding to the difficulties." Three main concerns arise out of the calls, she says. About 32 per cent raise questions about the ability of registered nurses to provide safe care, 36 per cent worry about staffing levels, and 32 per cent suggest performance difficulties. All of those are interrelated, says Way. Because of the way staffing patterns have changed since 1994, more hospitals hire casual nurses more often. Casual nurses might work one day in one unit and the next day in another unit, she says. "There are fewer permanent full time nurses nursing at any one she says, resulting in a reduction in the number of nurses experienced in patient care on that particular unit. When that's added to the exhaustion level of staff from working more overtime and caring for more patients, it means full time nurses have less time to assist the casual nurses and can lead to performance problems. The AARN is also growing more concerned about the kind of care expected of unregulated, personal-care attendants in seniors lodges and other long-term care facilities, says Way. Employees who once might have helped give a resident a bath are sometimes responsible now for the entire bath procedure and for dis- pensing medicine, she says. The Alberta govern- ment rejected the AAUN's recommendation to classify medication dispensing as a restricted activity in the new Health Professionals Act. AARN is sponsoring a province-wide forum Sept. 15 in Edmonton for staff nurses, educators, and senior nurses to find solutions to some of these problems. United Nurses of Alberta will also attend. "It's really important to get all the heads together. Maybe we can find some solutions to alleviate the situation." Way will ask Health Minister Halvar Jonson at a meeting Wednesday to provide government support for suggestions from the forum that require government assistance to implement. AARN is the professional, regulatory body responsible for safe nursing practice in Alberta. HERALD PHOTOS BY DAVID BOSS ITER BONES ON THE RIVER: Fred Orosz, left, Ed Sloboda and Wendy Sloboda send Tyke down Ihe SI. Mary's River wesl of Welling. Tyke returns to south's waterway on his trip to Tyrrell Museum glory By RON DEVITT Lalhbridge Herald Tyke's wait is over. For 70 million years, give or take a couple million, the baby dinosaur remained buried in a sleep bank about IB metres above the meandering shoreline of the St. Mary's River. For those millennia, the baby hadrosaur lay eight kilometres north of Magrath, near the Deerfield Hutterite Colony. Tyke his extricators have so dubbed him was about two years old and about two metres long when the end came. Had he lived to maturi- ty, the little herbivore would have reached ten metres and lived about 30 years. Tyke's bony remains were discovered early last month by an ammolite hunter. Since then, paleontologists have painstakingly dug out the site, careful to preserve the bones and skull, and added layers of plaster of paris to seal the Cre- taceous treasure in a rock- hard cast for delivery to the Royal Tyrrell Museum at Drumheller. "He was a lucky says Wendy Sloboda, the museum technician in charge of the dig. "He was pretty far out to sea. What's neat about him is that his skin impressions have preserved in the marine environment. The bone is in amazing shape for a marine envi- ronment. "And it'sj'usl a little guy." Thus, Ihe name Tyke. At Ihe museum, Tyke will he removed from his plaster casing and eventually put on display. Marilyn Laframboise, a museum techni- cian, oversaw getting Tyke plastered. She's been going on digs since 1982, but still gets excited about going out in the field. "I've been in the business forquite a while, but it's quite exciting to be involved in digging up this one this she says. Museum experts believe the young had- rosaur was carried out to sea where he be- came a snack for sharks. There were sharks' teeth found at the dig site. "We don't have any duck-billed hadro- saurs in this says Laframboise. "This is marine sediment so we expect to find ammolites and reptiles. To find a hadrosaur in a marine sediment is very rare." Seventy million years ago the area was covered by the Bearpaw Formation, a sea in the late Cretaceous age. "This area was a lot like the state of Louisiana, a very swampy, boggy says Laframboise, looking around the steep cliffs and scenic river valley. She says [here have only been about a half dozen hadrosaurs found in marine sediment worldwide. "We have the skull, which is the most important part because we can determine the species." Sloboda says it will lake about six to eight months to prepare Tyke for display at the museum. She hopes she is PACKED AND READY: Wendy Sloboda djsls away debris from a plaster cast used lo protect Tyke on his voyage. On Tuesday, Tyke and his 200-kilogram full-body cast slid down the steep bank of the river, guided by a web of ropes held by museum technicians and Sloboda's father, Fd Sloboda. The cast slid onto a waiting plastic boat and was escorted down river by Sloboda and her crew. Il was later hoisted into the back of a pick-up. "This one's a really neat one. I've never worked on one like this before." In 1987, Sloboda discovered dinosaur egg fragments at Devil's Coulee, west of Warner. The discovery led to a survey ex- pedition by a crew from the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the eventual discovery of Canada's first nestingsile, complete with the embryos of the hadrosaur. It put the area on the paleontology map. Support growing for feedlot tax Faxes pour in following Sunny South News delivery By JOANNE HELMER ..elhbridge Herald Faxes supporting a petition for a feedlot lax in the Coun- ty of Lethbridge were already coming in Tuesday afternoon only hours after it was published in the latest edition of Sunny South News. The newspaper containing the petition was delivered to all County of Lethbridge residents Tuesday. One of the organizers of the petition says early indica- tions are optimistic. "It's coming along better than says Michael Ktibara. The petition asks residents to support county council's proposed tax. "At present, feedlot operations are virtually exempt from both property and business taxes. A ISO-acre, feedlot pays the same tax as a 160-acre grain the petition. It refers to a county councillor's estimation earlier this year that fecdlols put 500 times the strain on roads as a 160-acre grain farm. "The feedlols are being subsidized by acreage owners, grain farmers, and other says the petition. Kubara says he's getting calls from as far away as Bar- rhead in the northern end of the province about the feedlot tax issue. "They all want to know how to fairly tax these people." See SUPPORT Page A2 Inside vour Arnold funeral today A funeral service for long-time Lethbridge resident Dr. Hugh Arnold, who died Saturday, will be heldat a.m. today in First Baptist Church, 16145 Ave. S. Dr. Keith Churchill will officiate. Interment is to follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The Haig Clinic, which Dr. Arnold founded in 1939 along with Drs. Arthur, Willard Haig, and E.A.M. Cairns, will be closed today until 1 p.m. in honor of his passing. A news story Monday mistak- enly set the funeral date for Tuesday. The Herald regrets (lie error. Dr. Arnold is survived by his wife Islay; two daughters, Car- olyn Arnold (Jim North ol 60 movie shoot revives Lynx River. CollinsonJofPic- SeepageA15 ton, Ontario; Judith Arnold (Doug Wells) of Lethbridge; a son Hugh (Clara) Arnold of Toron- to; seven grandchildren; two great-grand- children; and three brothers. He was prede- ceased by a daughter, F.liza- beth Anne. A12-13 84 A10 A4 B1-3 A15.B10 Tonight B10 A2   

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