Dennis Quaid Preventing Medical Errors

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) — Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid, a patient safety advocate after his twins nearly died, is urging the adoption of 34 practices to prevent medical errors.

Quaid and his wife created The Quaid Foundation to raise public awareness about medical errors after their newborn twins nearly died as a result of an accidental Heparin overdose in 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Quaid, along with Dr. Charles Denham — co-chairman of the National Quality Forum committee and chairman of the Austin-based research organization Texas Medical Institute of Technology, based in Austin — recently co-authored an article for the Journal of Patient Safety.

Quaid’s made-for-television documentary “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm,” is scheduled to be released at the Global Patient Safety Summit in Nice, France, April 22. Quaid is scheduled to be the keynote speaker in Nice.

The documentary is the first in series of patient safety films slated to air on the Discovery Channel April 24, May 1 and May 8.

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