November 25, 2007 at 11:43 pm 1 comment

I was puttering around on celebrity websites today (just because I was in need of a fix of a few wackjob celebrities that make my crazy life look positively BORING..) and caught an article on Denis Quaid’s twins. I was horrifed to learn that they had been given 10,000 units of heperin instead of 10. At Cedars-Sianai hospital. Supposedly one of the best in Los Angeles.

This all boils down to a simple nursing error. So what a tech stored the vials in the wrong place. So what that the TECH didnt’ do their job…it all boils down to the nurses who give the medications at critical times. These nurses didn’t check the vials, read or even notice that they were pushing a SERIOUS overdose of an anticoagulant into not just the Quaid twins, but another baby in the NICU as well!

 How can a nurse NOT read the vials, just grab and go, especially in a NICU, where children are often so tiny that every little bit could send them over the edge? How can a registered nurse even think of not double checking the vial against orders? How is this completely possible? It’s not even defensible with a devil’s advocate of “well, they were probably tired.” It’s just not. Heperin is DANGEROUS in large quantities! Cripes!

Doug went postal when he heard about this. His line? “I hope whoever did this loses their licence.”

Yeah. Me too darling. Me too.

I don’t talk alot about Isaac’s experience in the NICU, because even now, over 3 years down the road, I really have a hard time. Just know, when my drugged out brain was presented the list of hospitals that were acceptable to my insurance at the time, Cedars-Sianai was on the list. Thank the good lord that was too far to go for us.

soapbox over.


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  • 1. AJ  |  November 26, 2007 at 12:19 am

    I heard about Dennis Quaid and his twins a couple days ago too and it’s to say the least tragic! You’d think that the nurses would know enough to check, check again and then re check once more. Then again, it could have been in a tray ready to be given and an error on someone else’s part. Either way, it’s very sad to hear about.


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