E!news online is reporting that Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been fined $25,000 for the staff errors that led to overdoses of blood thinners being administered to three infants, including Dennis Quaid’s newborn twins, Thomas and Zoe, in November.
The California Department of Public Health, which determined the penalty, cited the prominent Los Angeles hospital in January after an investigation found “multiple failures by the facility to adhere to established policies and procedures for safe medication use.”
“The hospitals take this extremely seriously,” state deputy director Kathleen Billingsley told the Los Angeles Times Thursday. Cedars was one of 11 facilities fined for various violations, she said.
The twins, Thomas and Zoe Quaid, were at Cedars on Nov. 18 being treated for staph infections when they were given 1,000-times—10,000 units per milliliter rather than 10—the proper dosage of heparin, an anticlotting drug regularly used to flush out intravenous lines.