Hospital to Pay Quaid for Twins’ Overdose
The story of Dennis Quaid’s twins being given an overdose of blood thinner was big news last year. It reignited the debate about hospital safety and quite frankly left many parents wondering about the likelihood of it happening to their children.
The latest online reports indicate that a settlement has been reached in the case. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will pay the actor and his wife Kimberly, $750,000.00 for the blunder. For anyone a bit fuzzy on the details, the babies, Thomas and Zoe were accidentally given a potentially lethal dose of the drug Heparin shortly after birth.
Many of us can only wonder what the ensuing days were like for the couple as the children fought for their lives. Quaid has maintained that this situation could have been prevented if the hospital had a more efficient system of labeling its medication.
As it turns out, he was quite right as proper procedures were not followed by hospital staff. This led to a fine of $25,000 by California regulators. Amazingly, they also found that other children were given incorrect doses of the medicine. I really hope that the hospital has taken the necessary steps to correct this problem. Any reasonable person would understand that mistakes will occur from time to time. However, we must have a sense that hospital administrators are doing their best to minimize them, especially when it relates to children.
I’m happy that the hospital is taking responsibility for what happened. I doubt a drawn out court battle would have been in anyone’s interest. The papers which were filed in court regarding the agreement said, “The settlement is the result of extensive negotiations between the parties and their respective legal representatives, and is intended to avoid the time, expense and uncertainty of litigation.”
The court still has to give its approval for the deal to be finalized. Reports are that the Quaids have also sued the makers of the drug, Heparin for the manner in which they package the medicine. This court battle won’t be influenced by the agreement with the hospital. I anxiously await the outcome of this case. Any change made by drug companies which will result in enhancing safety in hospitals would be worth it.