You may remember Dennis Quaid from The Parent Trap but nowadays he’s speaking out against medical errors, after his newborn twins were massively overdosed with Heparin causing them to bleed profusely. Heparin is a blood thinner derived from pig intestines which, incidentally, was recalled late last month.
Although the babies are fine now, Quaid has sued heparin manufacturer Baxter and is considering a suit against the hospital: “Individually, nurses, doctors and pharmacists are good people. But they’re hamstrung by working in a broken system that’s obsessed with protecting its bottom line,” he said, as reported by the Health Blog.
Though some criticize Quaid for getting so much media hype, his family is certainly not the only one to experience the failures of our broken health care system. You can watch more stories here.
There are several kinds of preventable medical errors, some life-threatening. The Center for Disease Control reported last year that hospital-acquired infections account for nearly 100,000 deaths each year, or 4.5 hospital infections for every 100 patients. And the Institute of Medicine reported that medication errors harm 1.5 million people every year. With these alarming stats, it’s no surprise that many of us are dissatisfied with some aspects of our health care.
But hospitals aren’t doing enough to prevent risks and reduce patient suffering. That’s why 22 states have already passed laws that give their residents hospital infection rates. Find out if your state made the list!
Quaid is advocating for bar codes at patients’ bedsides to make sure patients are getting the right drug and dosage, while Tort Reform thinks you shouldn’t be allowed to question your doctor if something goes wrong: “You put your money in and you take your chances.” Do you have a better idea? Share it with the group!