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Dennis Quaid's Newborn Twins in Medical Nightmare

11/20/2007 6:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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. The drug is used to flush out IV lines and prevent blood clots. We're told one dose was given on Sunday morning, another on Sunday evening.

We're told late Sunday night, both babies started to "bleed out." Both babies are now at Cedars in the neo-natal intensive care unit where we're told they are stable.

The twins were born to Quaid and wife Kimberly Buffington November 8 via surrogate.

A rep for Quaid did not immediately return our call for comment and there was no immediate comment from Cedars.

We're told a technician stored the Heparin in the wrong place, and when a nurse grabbed the medicine for the babies without looking -- it was the wrong dosage.

A source says the babies are now being given Protamine, which reverses the effects of Heparin.

UPDATE: We're told as many as thirteen patients at Cedars were mistakenly given the overdose of Heparin, but the effects are more critical because of the age and weight of the twins.

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136.

errn    

My heart goes out to the Quaid family for the tragedy that they have incurred. Heparin, given correctly can save someone from increasing clots related to poor vascular perfussion, which is important for those struggling from a heart attack. It is unfortunate that these babies were gien such a high dose, and twice. Inregards to the "post #1 response", those "nurses" giving shots in a doctors office, are medical asistants, and not liscenced RN's. If they call themselves nurses they are misrepresenting themselves. Real nurses, while human, are much more professional, that is what makes this event so tragic. God Bless the Quaid family.

2493 days ago
137.

krys    

I am praying for the Quaid family and their children. God watch over these babies! As for the nurse who gave the wrong dosage, mistakes happen but you should be dismissed from nursing when the mistake is so huge such as this.

2493 days ago
138.

Trotter    

Don't blame the tech. The nurse should have checked the dosage before giving it.

2493 days ago
139.

Melanie    

many hospitals are trying to move to having all medications computerized and scanned before administration which would cut down on medication errors, but i guess this hospital doesn't have that system in place yet. Regardless of if there's a computerized system in place, it's proper nursing practice to check the medications before administering them.

2493 days ago
140.

Tangie    

You have no idea how many screw ups are covered up, hidden, deleted in hospitals by these unqualified nurses and doctors.

2493 days ago
141.

Bev    

As a retired RN, I can say that the policy was ALWAYS to have another RN double check both heparin and insulin dosages before administering. This incident shows why. No matter that a technician put the drug in the wrong place, the individual who gives the drug is ultimately responsible.

2493 days ago
142.

Tangie    

She will lose her job after it cost the hospital millions.

2493 days ago
143.

Denise    

This nurse needs to be taken out of the neo-natal unit and should be fired. There is no excuse for this. How dumb can one be not to look at any medication before given to any patient? I wish the best for these babies.

2493 days ago
144.

Michigangirl    

WE PRAY THEY HAVE A FULL RECOVERY.

2493 days ago
145.

MGD    

Also, LMWH does not come pre-packaged in doses for infants. The adult sized doses have to be diluted down. It's very easy to make a 10x or 100x dose error due to the calculations required.

2493 days ago
146.

debbie    

EXCUSE ME BUT IF THE TECH PUT THE MEDS IN THE WRONG PLACE THAT IS ONE THING. BUT TO ADMINSTER ANY DRUG WITHOUT LOOKING TO SEE IF YOU INDEED HAVE THE CORRECT MEDS AND AMOUNT IS MALPRACTICE ON THE NURSES FAULT.

PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO BEA WARE OF WHAT AND WHEN THEY ARE GIVIN DRUGS IN A HOSPITAL OR SURGERY CENTER. HAVE FAMILY OR FRIEND ASK!
IF THE STAFF DOES NOT LIKE THEN RAISE HELL AND GO OVER THIER HEAD!

I HAVE WORKED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FOR OPVER 30 YRS AND IF PEOPLE REALLY KNEW WHAT GOES ON AT TIMES!

i WATCHED A NURES IN ICU TRY TO MAN HANDLE MY OWN HUSBAND AFTER A BAD CAR ACCIDENT. I WAS STUNNED YET NOT SUPRISED. I RAISED BLOODY HELL. HE COULD NOT MOVE YET SHE WAS SO ROUGH WITH HIM. IT WAS SO BAD.

I SMELL A LAW SUIT BIG TIME!

2493 days ago
147.

Danster    

God bless those babies .....

2493 days ago
148.

jessica    

I am a nurse and one of the first things you do when giving meds is check the label and dosage against the doctor's orders, especially with babies. Horrible mistake but totally preventable. That nurse should be suspended and investigated. There are "5 rights" on giving meds, she obviously didn't follow them.

2493 days ago
149.

Disgusting    

This is horrifying.

When my friend had surgery at Cedars, the anesthesiologist was a nutjob, so he requested a different doctor. Cedars had no interest in knowing about the problem. He made sure thereafter to mention his parents are doctors which got him better treatment.

The point is, some horrors like this happen out of the blue. But if something doesn't feel right to you, always ask questions or ask for a different doctor/nurse/etc.

Don't be put off if they start saying "so and so has been working here many years"

The number of years a person has worked in a job is not a measure of their competence. In fact, often times a person gets sloppier over time because they feel they have job security. Or, it just means their employer was negligent in keeping them on the job for so many years.

Also, if they say, "You're the only one who's had a problem with this..." That's a huge red flag that you are NOT the only one and there is a problem.

Bottom line, ask questions. The commenter who said medical staff in her doctor's office are sloppy and more interested in gossiping about their personal lives is right on. Scary.

2493 days ago
150.

mother of an angel    

All you people with negative comments obviously has never buried a child. You don't know what true tradgedy is. This situation is a tradgedy and I hope and pray the children will recover. Every parent SHOULD question what every nurse or MD is doing to your child. REMEMBER THEY ARE HUMAN CAPABLE OF MAKING MISTAKES LIKE ALL OTHER HUMANS IN THE WORLD. (that includes everyone on this blog) If they get mad, contact the hospital adminstrator and get your child transferred ASAP. Be proactice not reactive, it will save a life!!

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