Dennis Quaid pushes hospital safety in Chicago

April 5, 2009 3:09:37 PM PDT
Actor Dennis Quaid was in Chicago over the weekend to promote safety for hospital patients.Quaid gave the keynote address for a healthcare conference that opened Sunday at McCormick Place. He talked about the Foundation for Patient Safety that he and his wife Kimberly formed after their newborn twins received a dangerous overdose of the blood thinner heparin in 2007.

Quaid shared details of what he called the "most frightening day" of his life.

"It was spent caring for our infants, who were still bleeding profusely and severely bruised from internal bleeding. They were both screaming in pain, and God only knows what they were feeling," said Quaid.

The twins recovered.

Quaid is calling for electronic record-keeping and universal bar-coding on medication to safeguard against human error in hospitals.