Quaid 2 Medical Errors Case Study

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The Quaid Twin Medical Error
November, 1999 brought about a release of a report prepared by the prestigious National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) making medical mistakes and their magnitude of the risks to patients receiving hospital care to common public knowledge. The IOM concluded that between 44,000-98,000 deaths occur annually because of medical errors. Among a general agreement was that system deficiencies were the most important factor in the problem and not incompetent or negligent physicians and other caregivers (Sultz & Young, 2010). An excellent example of a system deficiency that leads to a crisis and sentinel event was the highly publicized overdose of Heparin to Dennis Quaid’s newborn twins in 2007.
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Humans are indeed fallible and there should be a check system in place when administering any medication, particularly to at risk patients such as newborns. References
Blendon, R. DesRoches, C. Brodie, M., Benson, J. Rosen, A., & Schneider, A. (2002). Views of practicing physicians and the public on medical errors. New England Journal of Medicine. 347, 1933-1940.
Fox News (2007). Dennis Quaid's twins among three newborns given drug overdose. Retrieved rom:,2933,312357,00.html
McLaughlin, C.P., & Kaluzny, A.D. (2006). Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care, Third Edition, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA.
Reuters (2007). Dennis Quaid sues again over twins overdose. Retrieved from:
Sultz, H.A. & Young, K.M. (2010). Health Care USA: Understanding its Organization And Delivery (7th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
USA Today (2007). Dennis Quail takes aim at health care mistakes. Retrieved from:
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