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???
The twins were born to Quaid and wife Kimberly Buffington November 8 via surrogate.
Dennis Quaid's Newborn Twins in Medical Nightmare
TMZ has learned that Dennis Quaid's newborn twins are fighting for their lives after being inadvertently overdosed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Sources tell us the twins -- Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace -- were accidentally given a massive dose of Heparin, an anti-coagulant. Babies typically get 10 units. Our sources say they were each mistakenly given 10,000 units.
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Nov 20, '07
This is from FoxNews today:
LOS ANGELES — Dennis Quaid's newborn twins are fighting for their lives Tuesday after mistakenly being given an overdose of Heparin, a blood thinner, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, TMZ reported.
Ordinarily, babies are given 10 units of the anti-coagulant. However, a hospital technician who had stored the drug in the wrong place resulted in the babies' nurse giving them the massive overdose of 10,000 units of Heparin, TMZ said.
A source told TMZ the Quaid babies were given two doses, one Sunday morning and one Sunday evening.
The twins are being given Protamine, the Heparin antidote, and are said to be in stable condition.
Last edit by sirI on Nov 20, '07
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Nov 20, '07
Quote from dawngloves
Wait! Were these flushes??? Who is still using heparin flushes on their unit?? Wasn't there a similar mishape where babies died because of heparin flushes??
That's what I'm wondering, too. Maybe an art line flush? I still can't figure out the timeline, though, since it shows him carrying them around in carseats. Maybe they got jaundiced and had to go back? But then they shouldn't have needed an art line or anything other than bili lights. The article also says "babies usually receive 10 units of heparin..." like this was some standard practice, like VitK and erythro. Something weird is going on here. Edit
Sorry, dawn, didn't see that you had already pointed this out.
And if 13 babies got it because a tech had put the wrong vials out, then either a lot of nurses weren't checking vials, or someone was using the same vial for multiple patients. Baaaad practice. I've also never personally drawn up heparin, except to anti-coagulate just prior to starting ECMO. All other times it's done in the pharmacy. But the article says the nurse did it, so... this is such a weird story.
Last edit by elizabells on Nov 20, '07