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May 13, 2014 • Headlines

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Jac-Cen-Del third grader saves stepdad’s life
‘I think I did the right thing’

Mary Mattingly

School administrators have heard the gamut of excuses for kids being late to school, but probably never this one. “I was late because I had to save my stepdad.” That was what Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School staff heard Friday morning from Ethan McQueen, a third grader, who arrived over an hour late to school. It also happened to be the truth.

Ethan McQueen


Pictured left is Ethan McQueen. He knew what to do when his diabetic stepdad wouldn’t wake up.

Instead of his stepdad, his 13-year-old brother woke him up, and the three boys got ready for school and waited for their stepfather Matt Hansen to wake up. When they heard a moan from the bedroom, the three boys checked on Hansen, who is a diabetic. Ethan, who is also a diabetic and takes daily insulin shots knows about glucose test strips and insulin dosages, said, “He was flopping around (seizures), and I know that means he’s low (blood sugar) and so my brother asked where the shots were and I handed it to my brother. But, he didn’t know how to do it, and I did.” “Yeah, I might not be here if it wasn’t for Ethan,” Hansen, 36, said later that afternoon. Ethan knew because he sees his mom administer to Matt and is more comfortable with shots than his brothers because of his own condition. The boys couldn’t get a hold of their mother, Tiffany Wade, who was at work. Ethan reached for the glucagon to reverse the effects of insulin. “So, I drew up as much as I could and I gave it to him in the arm,” Ethan said. He was nervous, he admitted. “I prayed that it was enough.”

It was, and within a few minutes, his stepdad stirred. Ethan administered glucagon, which is what you do when a diabetic reacts like Hansen did. When Hansen came too, he didn’t know what had happened, He wasn’t clearheaded he said for some time. Ethan has been a diabetic since he was five years old, and he said after an episode like that you get “super tired.” Hansen agreed and couldn’t go into work that day. “If I had not had a shot, my blood sugar levels may have continued to drop, to a point of a coma.” It could have had dire consequences, without the glucagon, he said. Once their mother arrived, the boys were taken to school in the morning. The family has just moved to the county and started school on Monday at JCD. Ethan said he finds the school very nice.

“I think that I did a good thing,” he told the newspaper. Yes, Ethan you did!

Alleges patent violation

Hill-Rom sues GE

Hill-Rom, Inc. has filed a suit against General Electric Co. for alleged patent infringements. The patent is for a hand-washing monitoring system for health care workers. The Batesville-based hospital furniture company filed the federal lawsuit May 2 claiming GE’s product violates three of its patents. Federal patent documents show two of the three inventors of the Hill-Rom system include Dennis Gallant of Harrison and Timothy Wildman of Metamora, Indiana.
Hand hygiene is an effective method of preventing hospital-acquired infections, yet research shows many hospitals struggle to achieve even 50 percent compliance with hand-washing rules.

Hill-Rom filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. This is the county where GE Healthcare’s hand-washing technology division is based, just outside of Washington. Hill-Rom obtained the patents in 2004, 2008 and 2013. Hill-Rom said in a news release this year that its Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution “continually monitors the patient care environment, reminding key personnel about critical hand-washing events, and providing data so supervisors can monitor compliance.” The company says its internal documents show institutions that have implemented its system “have experienced a significant increase in their hand hygiene compliance.” The GE system includes a network of hardware components that communicate via infrared and radio frequency signals. It also monitors the use of soap and alcohol dispensers, as well as generating reports

The 12-page suit filed by a Chicago law firm says that “Hill-Rom has suffered and continues to suffer substantial injury, including irreparable harm and damages including loss of sales and profits that Hill-Rom would have made but for the infringement” by GE. Hill-Rom is seeking a jury trial, a block on the use of patents and financial compensation.

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