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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Nichols made a second trip to A2 CAPS WIN BIG 6-2 Win puts Capitals ahead in playoff series 2-1 Dl Caps take the Ice again tomorrow. Gary center knocked by council Bl TOMORROW COOLER DETAILS PAGEA15 THURSDAY MAY 11. MD New mothers get more hospital time AAMC approves micKvives By MARY ELLEN LLOYD StaffWriter Mothers-to-be in the county will soon have the option of using nurse midwives. Eight months after two certi- fied nurse midwives applied for delivery Anne Arun- del Medical Center has ap- proved them. Certified nurse midwives Judi Parsley and Jams who practice out of Bay Area Midwifery Center in Severna will begin deliveries in the Annapolis area when AAMC's Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion said Ms. Pars- the center director The new facility on Jennifer Road is scheduled to open July 22. North Arundel Hospital is also firming up a joint venture with the Balti- more Birth Center to open a staffed by midwives this a hospital official said. It would be the first such Page By Bob Gilbert The Capital Kim and her coo over their 18-hour-old at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Arnold couple was ready to go home but a new state-law gives new moms the right to stay longer at hospitals or receive a follow-up visit at home by II nurse. Better safe than sorry Area man learns expensive lesson on rabies. By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Paul Becker won't soon forget that a rabid raccoon can be painful and ex- pensive even if the animal doesn't bite you. Mr. Becker took the better-safe-than- sorry route and has begun a series of anti-rabies shots that have left his thigh muscles sore and may end up costing him more than The 25-year-old Merrywood resident checked the-fur of the family for bite marks after a rabid raccoon hissed at her last month He found but touched the dog's which was wet with the rac- coon's saliva Saliva carries the active rabies vi- which could be passed on to humans through a cut or other break in the such as a said Loretta communicable disease nursing supervisor with the county Health Department. Rabies is fatal and there's no so to be officials decided Mitzie should be quarantined and Mr Becker should seek treatment That consists of three shots of virus- fighting globulin in each thigh ini- plus a four-week regimen of rabies vaccinations in the arm touch your domestic animal with bare hands if it's had a run-in with a wild Ms Gossett said The virus evaporates fairly so touching the area after about two hours is considered she said But people should use rubber gloves or avoid contact altogether soon after a possible she said didn't know avoid touching the and I've talked to several people and nobody else Mr Becker said. 'Despite reports that other residents m the Davidsonville and Harwood areas had encounte ed rabid local health and animal control offi- cials say no areas have experienced rabies outbreaks. The usual number of rabies cases and people requiring treatment for possible rabies exposure has cropped up so they said. time of year really brings of said Evelyn Tracking rabies cases The number of confirmed rabies cases has stayed fairly steady in Maryland in recent years. But as animal populations cycle through peaks and so do rabies cases in those areas Here are confirmed rabies cases for Anne Arundel County the la 11 years 84 85 86 87 88 B9 90 91 92 93 94 Maryland Department of Hnlth and Mwul Hygiene Capital graphic spokesman for the Health Department. Ms. Gossett and other officials re- minded county residents to avoid strange-acting animals that may be carrying the rabies virus. Through 95 animals in the county were tested for and seven tested five one skunk and a said Vic spokesman for the county Animal Con- trol Office Through April 11 residents had been treated for possible up from six during the same time last Ms. Stein said. In some Mr Becker was lucky that his run-in with a'rabid animal didn't involve a skunk County police Capt Michael Fitzgib- commander of Eastern District headquarters and a 26-year police vet- said his family's encounter with one was most harrowing experi- ence in our They live in Merrywood near the Beckers By Mark M. Odell The Capital Paul Becker of MerryVvood to undergoing treatment for exposure to rabies after his 17-year-old encountered a raWd raccoon. Mr. Becker touched MNzle's wet with the raccoon's so health recommended the shots to be safe. Several weeks the family German pawed at the door of the family room to go outside as she usually does. After she pawed to come back Capt Fitzgibbons heard his .scream as Annie dropped a mangtel skunk still living at the foot of krecliner chair Fitzgibbons and the couple's 13-year-old ran out- side with Annie right behind them That left Capt Fitzgibbons to remove the which later tested positive for rabies thought there were going to be three guys sending there with and I kind ofjwish it had been that would have been easier to deal he .said He never touched the skunk and his dog wasn't so he wasn't re- quired to have shots But Annie was quarantined in the family barn for 30 days After learning his homeowner's in surance policy doesn't cover professio nal post-skunk the family had to use Hints from Heloise and anyone else They shampooed washed walls and hardwood floors with ammo- nia and bathed the dog in tomato juice to get rid of the smell. Page Glendening backs bill providing 48-hour stays By MARY ELLEN LLOYD StaffWriter Kim Knight .of Arnold is a becoming a pro at giving birth So less than 24 hours after delivering 7-pound Mrs. Knight was ready to go home yesterday to more comfortable surroundings and her other 4-year-old Brennan Anne Arundel Medical Center offi- cials her that a nurse would visit the family later in jhe week to give the baby a blood test to screen for several genetic metabolic diseases and to check on hej progress. A visit would have been helpful after Brennan was born in a suburban Washington Mrs Knight said. After laboring 22 she was sent home less than 36 hours later without a follow-up visit has been a nicer she said New mothers like Mrs Knight would be guaranteed the option of staying in a hospital 48 hours after giving birth or leaving sooner but receiving a follow- up visit at home by a nurse under a bill Gov. Parns Glendening has pledged to sign into law. la a ceremony m Columbia yester- Mr. Glendening said Maryland is the first state to pass a law prohibiting insurance companies and health main- tenance organizations from limiting the hospital stay of mothers and babies to just 24 hours without the assurance of a visit at home by a nurse. He said he would sign the bill before the month is over But doctors and administrators at AAMC said the law would have little impact at the despite an average stay of just over a day for uncomplicated deliveries The reason is that since 1991 AAMC has been sending nurses to the homes bf mothers discharged after a day even if the patient's insurance plan didn't pay for the officials said were way ahead of the curve on said Dr Edward J chief of obstetrics and gynecology at AAMC. AAMC offers pre-dehvery newsletters and phone calls to make sure mothers know what to expect and have what they need before gc-mg home with the officials said Discharges from the hospital are contingent on mothers and babies reaching a certain stage of recovery or said Marian a registered nurse specially trained in teaching mothers how to breastfeed. Lactation consultants and round-the- clock access to maternity nurses are also available once moms leave officials said. Mr Glendening said to babies each year in Mary- land are not screened adequately because they're sent home too Page Some callers longing for real operator voice By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer What What If you can answer the above questions quickly when dialing you may never have to engage in a conversation with an operator again. But some people prefer dealing with a human voice rather than digitized tones. Bell Atlantic has installed com- puters to make directory assistance calls more efficient. In the the utility company will make it easier to achieve its corporate downsizing said Dave Pa- a Bell Atlantic spokes- man. Bell Atlantic announced in Au- gust that it intends to eliminate jobs from its work force by he said. About 500 of those jobs will come from the operator group. I has been progress- saving time and money for companies across the he said. Operators will also have less repetition in their work. A typical directory assistance operator an- swers to calls a he said. When a person calls directory a computerized voice asks first for a then for a specific listing. After each ques- the caller gives the informa- which is recorded and sent to an available operator. the technology is doing is storing that decreasing all the 'umms' and 'ahhs' in conversa- Mr. Pachokzyk said technology is a savings to our operators and allows them to handle the calls as they have al- ways done. What it relieves them of is asking the same After being sent the the operator types it in on his or her computer terminal is no speech technology he said. simply a matter of making the as clear and abbreviated as possible for our Page INSIDE 4 Arundel Artist Arundel Report Calendar Capital Camera Classified Comics Crossword Death Notices Editorials Entertainment Family Bl A9 D10 D7 B3 CIO DID A14 B8 the Record Lottery Movies Obituaries Police Beat Sailing Severna Park South County Television Vignettes Republican lawmakers are B2 still fighting a new state law which will A4 increase the percentage of state con- B9 tracts set aside for minority businesses A15 m order to challenge the law at the A15 petitioners will need about 2f valid signatures A4 Bo B4 Portions of The Capital are printed each day Dl on recycled paper The newspaper also is B9 recyclable A10 Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments. 268-5000