Malpractice Cases Dennis Quaid's Newborn Twins One of the most famous medical malpractice cases to have been recorded has to deal with "Dennis Quaid and his newborn twins. In November of 2007, Dennis Quaid and his wife (Kimberly) welcomed their twins (Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone) in the world." (Manning, 2015). However, at two years old the twins developed staph infections. Staph infections are relatively troublesome, but when treated properly they are relatively standard. Unfortunately for the Quaid family, their twins were given the wrong dosage of Heparin. "The pharmacy technicians had delivered an adult concentration of the drug to the pediatric unit." Which is 1000 times more than what is usually given to infants (Manning, 2015). To make matters worse, when the parents called in to check on the twins, they were told that they were "fine," however, the hospital was already treating the infants for overdose (making the babies vulnerable to extreme bleeding). The Quaid's were not aware of the situations until the very next day. The hospital made many significant errors from delivering the wrong dosage, trying to cover up the situation, and some believe the media relations. The twins would later survive, and the Quaid's would then settle the case from $750,000. The hospital was also fined another $25,000 by the California Department of Public Health. Julie Andrews Throat Operation TEAM A – 2
The famous singer and actress developed nodules in her vocal chords causing minor issues. Though the surgery to fix this problem should have been routine and told would only require six weeks of rest ended up damaging her vocal cords permanently. "She claimed in her lawsuit that the operation was botched, leaving her with hoarseness, permanent vocal cord damage, and other complications." (ABCNEWS, 2017). After the operation, the famous actress was too emotionally devastated and was unable to sing professionally. Though she would continue to go on and be involved in many other projects, her voice was never the same. She would later settle the case out of court. Rhode Island Hospital Brain Surgery In 2007, Rhode Island Hospital's surgeons famously started operating on the wrong side of the brain three different times. "Twice, they were able to correct their mistake, by closing the holes and proceeding with the proper functioning." (Manning, 2015). The third patient underwent the same brain surgery, but died three weeks after the surgery was allegedly botched. The Hospital was fined $50,000 and reprimanded by the state of Department of Health, and the surgeon was given a two-month suspension before going to work. "In addition to the beautiful, the state ordered the hospital to develop a neurosurgery checklist that includes information about the location of the surgery and a patient's medical history, and to put in place a plan to train staff on the new checklist." (NBCNEWS, 2007) Conclusion These famous cases have altered or affected health care in one form or another. All the cases share the common fact that many of the negligent cases that do take place are often due to human error. Many of the negligent acts and botched processes could
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