Babies given wrong dose of Heparin @ Cedar Sinai - page 7

I'm a new nurse and haven't worked in a hospital setting yet, but I was under the impression a lot of facilities were getting away from heplocks and using saline locks instead??? ... Read More

  1. by   RainDreamer
    Nice, so Baxter obviously isn't all about patient safety ...... if they were, they would see how these errors have happened, repeatedly, and would have done things to help make them safer. But no. Why do something when you can place the blame on someone else?
  2. by   Diahni
    Hi everybody:
    Is anyone following the case Dennis Quaid's newborns? It sounds like his wrath is aimed at drug companies for making the labels of different concentrations of heparin looking so similar. I know that a pharm tech put the wrong vial in a drawer in the pedi unit. Anybody know details? I would like to know what the staffing situation was when his twins were given the wrong heparin.
    Thanks,
    Diahni
  3. by   YellowFinchFan
    Quote from Diahni
    Hi everybody:
    Is anyone following the case Dennis Quaid's newborns? It sounds like his wrath is aimed at drug companies for making the labels of different concentrations of heparin looking so similar. I know that a pharm tech put the wrong vial in a drawer in the pedi unit. Anybody know details? I would like to know what the staffing situation was when his twins were given the wrong heparin.
    Thanks,
    Diahni
    victims of overstaffing? I dream of overstaffing! lol
  4. by   megananne7
    Yea, overstaffing?

    It seems more like understaffing would be more likely.
  5. by   Noryn
    I dont think anyone will post that information and if they do the mods will likely remove it. Definitely a legal liability.

    That same mistake has happened I think a few times around the country.
  6. by   RN1989
    I heard their attorney on the news several weeks ago. They don't want to target the nurses because that doesn't always go over well in court with a jury. Plus, if he wants to continue to make money as an actor, if a nurse or two goes down because of him, he stands to lose money at the box office. An attorney goes after the target that has the most money. That is why the drug company is a good target. I was also suspicious of some comments and think that there may be a reason why I haven't heard about them going after the hospital specifically. It sounded like an entire system malfunction - like the majority of hospital errors these days. And frankly, his attorney sounded uninformed about medicine and I sure hope she gets an LNC to help her because she sounded like an idiot on the tv.
  7. by   Freedom42
    This will be featured tonight on "60 Minutes." The details have been posted in lengthy threads on this forum. I'm not aware of the moderators editing or deleting any of those posts.

    As I recall, staffing was not the issue when the Quaid children were overdosed. The hospital still had heparin on its shelves that bore old labels. A nurse did not check the label and overdosed the children.

    The Quaids are going after the drug company because they have no cause of action against the hospital or the nurse. That's because the children were given the antidote and recovered. Had they been damaged, the family would have a claim. I don't doubt that their lawyer gave another reason when speaking to a reporter about not going after the nurse, though. To say "we don't have a claim" diminishes the public view of their case.
  8. by   Diahni
    Quote from YellowFinchFan
    victims of overstaffing? I dream of overstaffing! lol
    whoopsies - I meant understaffing - duh. Freudian slip!
    Diahni
  9. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Diahni
    whoopsies - I meant understaffing - duh. Freudian slip!
    Diahni
    I changed the title of the thread so it now reads "understaffing" instead of "overstaffing."
  10. by   Diahni
    Quote from Freedom42
    This will be featured tonight on "60 Minutes." The details have been posted in lengthy threads on this forum. I'm not aware of the moderators editing or deleting any of those posts.

    As I recall, staffing was not the issue when the Quaid children were overdosed. The hospital still had heparin on its shelves that bore old labels. A nurse did not check the label and overdosed the children.

    The Quaids are going after the drug company because they have no cause of action against the hospital or the nurse. That's because the children were given the antidote and recovered. Had they been damaged, the family would have a claim. I don't doubt that their lawyer gave another reason when speaking to a reporter about not going after the nurse, though. To say "we don't have a claim" diminishes the public view of their case.
    Thanks for info! I will watch it. If the twins recovered, this makes a weak case. I suppose I'll find out the details tonight. Meanwhile, I wish the Quaids good luck in going after the company. It's hard to prove "damages" if there ultimately weren't any. On the other hand, I've changed my opinion lately about celebrities making a stink about anything other than their movies. Quaid's in a position to bring some awareness to the public.
    diahni
  11. by   SharonH, RN
    I saw a clip of the interview that will be shown tonight. Trust me, they aren't giving the nurse any slack in this case. The exact words were "the nurse didn't bother to look at the dosage on the bottle"..... And what can we say after all? Apparently he or she didn't........twice.
  12. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from RN1989
    They don't want to target the nurses because that doesn't always go over well in court with a jury. Plus, if he wants to continue to make money as an actor, if a nurse or two goes down because of him, he stands to lose money at the box office.

    I think you may be giving the position of nurses too much credit. I wish we were that esteemed. I can guarantee you if he sued the nurse and won, that wouldn't affect his box office one whit especially since he would have been well within his rights.
  13. by   chowlover
    Hi I just watched '60 Minutes' & the Quaids were interviewed. It sounds like they are suing Baxter. A rep from Baxter then came on, & said that they have changed the packaging of the Heparin vials (while still not admitting any guilt!)

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