17 Babies

One newborn is dead after a Christus Spohn Hospital South pharmacy error that led to as many as 17 babies getting as much as 100 times the recommended dosage of the blood thinner heparin.”

The official party line is that the hospital can’t be sure that heparin played any part in the infant’s death since the baby was already seriously ill. The logic behind this argument astounds me. Seriously ill adults can and do die from drug overdoses but we are expected to believe that this can’t happen with babies. Apparently overdoses are only dangerous for adults and not infants. How can they possibly say the overdose had nothing to do with this baby’s death?

The article tells us other babies have died of overdoses of this drug:

“In September 2006, three infants died in an Indianapolis neonatal intensive care unit after receiving a 1,000-fold overdose of heparin. And in November 2007, the infant twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, were the victims of a nearly identical mistake, an overdose of heparin at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the pharmacy dispensed the wrong dose to the nursing station, according to reports from the Associated Press.”

It has happened before in other hospitals but I guess this Texas hospital wants us to believe it couldn’t possibly happen there.

What will these people say next? Are they going to tell the parents of the infant that died that their infant is better off now since he won’t suffer anymore or would have a “low quality of life”? I wouldn’t put it past them, given what they’ve said already.

Shame on them.

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