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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-Ssturtfsy, February A blip away from death fmmv Heart attack victims' crucial days spent here By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Four patients, three in the Lethbridge Municipal and one in St. Michael's Hospital, lie in bed surrounded by complex equipment their vital body functions measured as blips on a screen. Each room is lit by a small lamp on a desk where nurses keep a 24-hour watch over the machines which are registering the patients' heartbeats. Shadows cast across the room project an almost eerie effect. These are the hospitals' intensive care units and they are all that stand between life and death for many heart attack victims. The room is silent except for the whir of an air conditioner. The beds, three in each unit, are divided by curtains and ringed by cords and tubes. The equipment and mood provides an almost Hollywood type backdrop to one of the gravest wards in the hospitals. The medical personell and equipment here have given a second chance at life to at least twelve persons in Lethbridge whose hearts had stopped beating, spokesmen say. One of the main tools the physicians and nurses use to help a coronary victim sits on a wheeled cart in the room. The "crash cart" contains a defibrillator, pacemaker and catheter tools to help shock a heart back to life and to sustain a regular beat. "The major problem with patients who have had a heart attack is arrhytnmia irregular heart says a heart specialist on the ward. Following a heart attack the heart muscle may throw off extra beats and the rhythm of the heart is thrown off. The heart begins shaking "like a bowl of jelly" and is not pumping blood to the brain or back into the heart. Because no oxygen is reaching the brain or heart the patient can die within seconds. To counter act a "fibrillating" heart the physician shocks the heart using an electric shock which stops the vibrating "and then we hope is picks up a normal rhythm and hope it has not damaged he says. If the physicians have time they can also shock the heart by inserting a small wire into the patient's arm and pushing it up the arm until it reaches the heart. If the heart stops the physician can shock it to start beating again, he adds. The main advance in the intensive care units is the development of equipment that can help the medical personnel anticipate the actions of the heart. Each patient in the three bed units are connected to heart monitors which indicate the heart beat on a screen. Each monitor is in view of a nurse 24-hours a day and if any irregular beat is registered the nurse can take prompt action. Many times a patient registering an irregular beat needs only a change of medication which is constantly running into their veins from "intravenous drips." The specially trained nurses in the units can change the medications and if the problem is great they can sound an alarm which will bring physicians rushing to the unit. The monitors themselves, in the Lethbridge Municipal and soon to be in St. Michael's, have built-in alarms which sound when the patients heart rate falls above or below settings indicated by the physician. If the settings are between 60 and 120 beats per minute the second the rate goes above or below the settings the alarm sounds and a paper print-out is made of the patients' heartbeat so physicians will know how the heart is behaving. The intensive care units, says the specialists, have cut the rate of heart death almost in half. "It is all designed around avoiding trouble rather than bailing out after trouble happens. "The patients are given intensive care so during the first three days after a heart attack, they can be monitored so they can be cared for before trouble strikes again." Japan trip may secure 2 industries for city At least two large industrial plants for Lethbridge could be the result of a trip to Japan by two city officials. These plants could be announced in nine months to a year, Dennis O'Connell, director of economic development for the City of Lethbridge, said at a press conference Friday. Mr. O'Connell and Aid. Cam Barnes will leave today for 'Study should prelude blackbird campaign9 TABER (Staff) A three- year program of study has been suggested by a provincial predator specialist to combat a blackbird problem that plagues corn growers in Southern Alberta each year. Dale Alsager of Edmonton, supervisor of animal pests for the crop protection and pest control branch of the Alberta department of agriculture, told 250 farmers here Friday considerable research is needed before the blackbirds in Alberta can be dealt with. He said although the damage done by the birds isn't extensive in general, it is in certain areas. Under his three-year program, documentation of damage, idenfication of species and their feeding habits would be done the first year See Our Special CLEAROUT COUNTER! Of Cookware Tea Kettles Double Boilers Egg Poachers Frying Pans Jelly Molds Measuring cups, etc. Prictd to Clear! Call 327-5767 DOWNTOWN In the second year, tests would be established to study various devices and substances now available to combat pests. The third year would be a continuation of the second with all the work evaluted and solutions recommended. He predicted such a program would cost about per year. About 50 farmers at the meeting indicated they suffered some bird damage to their corn crop in 1973. The birds actually eat the corn right off the cob. But Mr. Alsager cautioned there would have to be an urban population public relations job done to make a bird control program successful. He claims the city residents living in "concrete pillboxes" don't like the thoughts of wildlife being killed because they don't understand the problems created for fanners. FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESL1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. BERGMAN'S FLOW Phom32S-0372 271t 12ft Ave. S. INSTALLATION ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS 17M 321-5173 CATERING Are you planning a ban- quet, Deception or social gathering Lei us prepare and serve a delicious meal to your exact specifications THE LOTUS BANQUET ROOM temp to 125 persons is evsMMe Man JUST CALL 327-9240 OR 327-22S7 LOTUS From The CPR Depot Japan and will return March 6. Aid. Barnes said one of the plants could employ about 200 people. Aid. Barnes said he and Mr. O'Connell would also be looking for export markets for Southern Alberta agricultural products. One such product is beef, Aid Barnes said. 'We go with the beef industry behind us 100 per cent." They would be looking for a beef market that would stimulate production and keep the industry from fluctuating as much as it has in the past, he said. Honey, peas, corn, beans frozen french fries, and poultry are some other products that will be promoted for export, Mr. O'Connell said. The Alberta department of agriculture and the department of industry and commerce have provided production and market potential figures for Alberta agricultural products. The two city officials will also seek out Japanese capital for investment in Southern Alberta and will speak with Japanese banks while there. This investment will likely be in products that could be exported to Japan, Mr. O'Connell said. The city is also interested in the establishment of secondary industry that is not connected with agriculture, he said. These industries would require very little raw materials but a great degree of skill. Watch making is an example of such an industry, he said. There is a great need for pipeline material and this industry would also be a possibility. Aid. Barnes said any industry that established in the city would nave to adhere to Lethbridge pollution standards. Mr. O'Connell and Aid. Barnes will meet Dennis McGrath of the Alberta Export Agency in Japan. Mr. McGrath has arranged appointments with various Japanese concerns who are interested in establishing industry in Southern Alberta, importing Southern Alberta products or investing in the South. Mayor Andy Anderson said the trip will have a bearing on the development of the Lethbridge airport The city has to justify the cost of expanding the airport to the federal government. ART DIETRICH DENTURECLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 328-409 MOVING? CALL OWEN MINTS FOR AWED YAM IMS Ugly day Wendy Carney, 18, receives a mouthful from Pat Prince, 21 in a pancake eating contest at the Leth- bridge Community College. Miss Prince may have needed the good grips on her boots to walk away from the contest which was part of the LCC Ugly Day during the college's winter carnival. Cattlemen praises corn as silage Corn seed shortage looms By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer TABER Three different types of cattlemen praised the use of com silage in their feeding operations here Friday at the Alberta Corn Convention. Larry Laidlaw of Bow Island has a cattle herd which he uses to raise calves for the cattle feeding industry. He has been raising corn silage for 10 years. Corn silage is a type of hay which utilizes the entire corn plant from about six inches above the ground, including the kernels, cobs, leaves and stalks. Mr. Laidlaw said he grew 30 acres of silage corn his first year and increased yearly until in 1973 he grew 160 acres. In the same period, he reduced his acreage of alfalfa hay each year until in 1S73 be grew none. By using an L-shaped holding facility, Mr. Laidlaw could dump the corn silage into the hold pit and then allow the cattle to eat out of both open ends. He said the new feeding operation meant less work for the same number of animals and offered him a greater FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METIl WOW S14 4MSLS. flexibility in his feeding operation. He also felt he got a greater amount of food value per acre of farmland. He credited corn silage with a reduction of bloat problems in his cattle herd. Bloat is a condition which use can cause cattle death when gas builds up in the animal's stomach. Mr. Laidlaw said his cows had fewer calving problems using the corn silage as a feed. Jerry Flemmteg, a cattle feedlot operator in the Bow Island district, said he started using corn silage as an alternate roughage for the livestock. Roughage is used in cattle diets to provide a bulk material so the animal doesn't become constipated. He feeds head of cattle corn silage rations to some extent and feels it costs 15 cents per pound compared to 18% cents per pound for a dry feed ration consisting of barley and alfafa. Curtis Huber of Rosemary, a dairyman, said corn silage has been fed on his farm since be Can He said the total digestive nutrition of corn silage is and there is an added benefit that the cattle like to eat the silage. He calculated the value of the corn silage at more than 1300 per acre compared to only per acre for barley. TABER (Staff) One of the biggest problems facing Alberta corn producers in 1974 could be a shortage of seed, according to a fieldman for the Alberta Corn Committee. Fred Mehlhaff of Lethbridge, told about 250 farmers here Friday seed could become scarce if the corn acreage on Southern Alberta's irrigated land reaches the amount possible. In 1973, acres of grain corn and acres of silage corn were grown. The figures in 1974 have been predicted at and respectively. Attending the Alberta Corn Convention, Mr. Mehlhaff said fanners should also follow the recommendations of the corn committee in selecting varieties of corn for their fields. Last year, many farmers planted varieties which looked good during the growing season but which didn't live up to expectations at harvest time. Don Wilson, head of the plant science section of the Lethbridge Research Station, said farmers should take precautions to plant their corn -fields in the best locations. He said the predominant factor in corn production was available heat during the growing season. He cited Medicine Hat as the hottest part of the province and therefore the best corn production area if water is available. The corn production region reaches west to almost Lethbridge before the amount of heat during the growing season is too limited. He said farmers with lighter or sandy soils have an advantage also because this type tends to warm up faster. Fields which face south also are warmer, he said. 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