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Quaid Twins Medical Screwup -- How it Happened

11/21/2007 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dennis Quaid and TwinsSources tell TMZ that a pharmacy technician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center mistakenly stocked a massive dose of a drug that ended up being given to Dennis Quaid's newborn twins.

Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace are in stable condition. But a well-placed source at Cedars tells us they are "still very concerned because of the bleed out," adding they won't know for another week if the mistake will cause "longterm effects."

Sources tell TMZ that pharmacy technicians stock the drug Heparin, used to prevent clots and flush out IVs. The drug comes in vials -- 10 units for babies, up to 10,000 units for adults. Protocol at the hospital is to keep the different units separated, but a technician accidentally put 10,000 units in the drawer where the 10 units were stored.

Last Sunday, both infants -- born November 8 by surrogate -- were each given two, 10,000-unit dosages. They began to bleed out just before midnight and were transferred to the neo-natal intensive care unit.

Cedars issued a statement last night, acknowledging the mistake and calling it a "preventable error." That's highly unusual. Also, the hospital claims seven patients were given the wrong dosages. Our sources say 13 patients got the wrong dosage.


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The director of the Medical Board of California is currently going after his license.

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Oprah's company and NBC, which featured Dr. Adams on "The Other Half," have been completely unresponsive -- not a word. Discovery Health, which put Dr. Adams in a starring role in a plastic surgery series, finally responded yesterday claiming they did a background check but refused to say what it turned up.

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46.

TSAG    

The medical error does not suprise me at all. My father was killed when he was given a chemotherapy drug instead of high blood pressure medicine from the pharmacy. He died a horrible death. We had to drag it out of the pharmacists to what happened. There are 98000 pharmacy errors each year in the US. be careful when you pick up a prescription. It may not be what you want in the bottle. It may kill you.

2340 days ago
47.

cheryl    

WELL BIG BOOBS ARE NICE IN FACT I HAVE THEM AND AM A 42 DD AND MY HUSBAND LOVES THEM, PEOPLE WHO ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THEM ARE PROBABLY AN A CUP AND ARE JUST JEALOUS. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE IS THAT ITS HARD TO FIND THE RIGHT FITTING CLOTHES THOSE MANUFACTURES MUST THINK ALL WOMAN ARE A SIZE A CUP WELL WERE NOT THERE ARE PLENTY OF WOMAN WHO ARE BUSTY .

2340 days ago
48.

Liz    

Why does anyone CARE how big, or real, someone else's breast are? Do you have no interesting life of your own?

2340 days ago
49.

Alice    

I'AM NOT SUPRISED.TODAY WAS MY BROTHER'S BURIEL ,HE PASSED AWAY. ANY WAY WE WILL NEVER NOW WHY HE FELL OF THE HOSPITAL BED AND WAS FOUND IN THE FLOOR AND WAS PURPLE WITH NO OXGEN ,WHEN THEY CALLED HE WAS IN ICU AND WAS BRAIN DEAD.THEY CLAMIED HE HAD OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS.

2340 days ago
50.

GreatBigSausage4U    

I will pray for Mr. Quaid's kids. I am sure it was an accident and not malicious at all - but it still sucks.

2340 days ago
51.

KAREN    

WHO CARES !!!!!!!!

2340 days ago
52.

Navine    

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!!!!! WTF? There is a reason that there is a pharmacist and a pharmacy TECHNICIAN. Pharm techs have the fraction of the education as a pharmacist. I don't know the laws in the state in which this took place, but I am a pharmacist in CT, and the PHARMACIST is bottom line. The med must be checked by the pharmacist prior to leaving the pharmacy for administration. I don't care how much a tech F#$%s up!! You cannot blame the tech!!! If it's anyone's fault, it is the pharmacist's that's why we get paid the big bucks! It falls on our liscenses and there are consequences. The labels on the meds include the dispensing pharmacist and sometimes the tech. The pharmacist will probably go before the board and should be severely penalized. If the tech is to blame, despite having stocked the med in the wrong location, what do we need pharmacists for??

2340 days ago
53.

Topher Lee    

Heidi KLUM is disgusting! No class whatsoever! Way below LOW CLASS.

2340 days ago
54.

CAT    

You'd THINK that when working with ANY age person, but especially NEWBORNS that the dumb nurse would've checked the bottles! I would hate to see Dennis' mad face in "real" life!

2340 days ago
55.

als    

Fake breast are not fat! They are either saline or silicone. so really they are just 2 baggies of water under the skin!!! Real breast on the other hand, are mostly fat.....but you can definately tell the difference!

2340 days ago
56.

Chi Chi    

Lynda, I feel sorry for you. I agree with one of the other ladies that posted a comment. You must have itsy bitsy boobs, or you are fat. Nothing wrong with people trying to look better. We need more of it. The laid back sloppy look and attitude is destroying our society.

2340 days ago
57.

michael    

i have dated and lived with women of very large boobs.none liked them, because there heavy, and hurts there back.the best sex i ever had had small boobs.thats because i loved her.the more love the more powerful orgasim. thank god we dont all look alike. women are beautiful creatures,they have there own beauty. except the rosies of the world. can you imagine her stap on outfit. worse living with that pig.

2340 days ago
58.

Cindy    

Rebecca...you are the reason for gossip trash magazines and why people love them so. You have taken several stories and TWISTED them to meet your own demented terms.

First of all, the man who was tazed by the security guard was trying to take the baby without permission. In times like we have now where people steal children right out of the hospital, they have rules in effect. People have to follow the rules.

Next, you site Terri Schivo's husband. Well, missy, her husband was her husband and you have no clue whether or not what he said was true. Just because YOU dont agree with HIS decision, does not make it a medical mistake. That was a farce and a half and a waste of TAXPAYER DOLLARS for that case to go all the way to the supreme court. That man had every RIGHT to decide. Dont make it sound like the hospital was at fault.

You also cite the hospital in the Northwest. Procedures like that are not done without patient permission. Dont fool yourself.

There is always more to a story than anything you read in the newspaper. Remember, newspapers, tabloids, etc. all have an agendal. Apparently you do too...spreading BS. Get a life chick, you'll be happier.

2340 days ago
59.

kdee    

What happened to the twins happened to several babies in my home state in a very professional hospital. As a result, some babies died from the overdoses. They showed the bottles of heparin on the news and the labels are identical. One family that lost a child due to the overdose took action against the manufacturers of the drug asking them to change the labels so that the dosages are distinguishable. You would think they would've done that to begin with!!

2340 days ago
60.

Cindy    

Ro, you're a twit. Men who love booty are gay? That is the dumbest bimbo comment I have read in ages. Some men love a woman's eyes or her legs. What does that make them in your pea-brain? You probably have the IQ to match your chest size...I'd guess about 36. LOL

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