As of April 12, 2010, The Quaid Foundation has merged with TMIT.
The Quaid Foundation was formed by Dennis and Kimberly Quaid in 2007 after hospital personnel administered an overdose of heparin, a blood thinner, to their 12-day-old twins, putting their lives at great risk.
The Quaid family is joining forces with TMIT to raise public awareness about our broken medical system, to eliminate human error, and to make caregivers aware that patients have the right to know all information that could have an impact on their health and well-being, with major focus on increasing awareness of the dangers of medication errors.
Over the last year, Dennis Quaid and TMIT have been actively involved in a number of other initiatives that have global reach and impact.
International Meeting in Nice, France
Dennis Quaid and Dr. Charles Denham were keynote speakers via satellite during the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare in Nice, France, on April 22, 2010. Their speech, "Don't Be the Last Action Hero," laid out important principles that Quaid has learned since the medical error experienced by his twins. For more information, please visit the GPS Site.
Actor and Patient Advocate
Hollywood, CA, USA
Dennis Quaid has become an international champion for patient safety, following the near-death
experience of his newborn twins due to a preventable adverse drug event.
Discovery Patient Safety Documentary – International Premiere April 22, 2010
The Discovery documentary, Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm, hosted by Dennis Quaid and co-produced by TMIT and the Discovery Channel,
highlights "extraordinary impact through ordinary things" that patients and caregivers can do to
improve patient safety. The messages reinforce supporting adoption of the NQF-Endorsed® Safe Practices
for Better Healthcare, especially through improvements in leadership, medication management,
healthcare-associated infections, health-information technologies, and high performance solutions.
The global premiere was in Nice, France, on April 22, 2010, at the Nice Acropolis during the
International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare hosted by the BMJ Group and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
In the News
Visit the actor's home in the canyons of Los Angeles to hear him talk about how he has changed since his twins nearly died from a medical error and why he's now speaking out against medical mistakes.
Dennis Quaid and Dr. Charles Denham discuss their documentary "Chasing Zero," which looks at deaths from medical mistakes. In CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360 Big Interview," Anderson talked to Dennis Quaid, who has made it his mission to raise awareness about the risks of medical errors. In 2007, his newborn twins almost died as a result of a medical mistake at a hospital when they were given an accidental overdose of a blood thinner.
The Patient Safety documentary aired on the Discovery Channel on April 24 and will air again on other dates. Quaid hopes that, by sharing his story, he can help prevent medical accidents from happening to others.
Dennis Quaid is now working with Dr. Charles Denham to raise awareness and gave a speech at the National Press Club the same day they both gave a "Morning Joe" interview.
Preventable medical errors account for 99,000 deaths a year. Actor Dennis Quaid experienced this first-hand when his twins were mistakenly over-medicated. Quaid and Dr. Charles Denham spoke with Harry Smith.
Dennis Quaid, whose newborn twins received a near-fatal overdose of heparin in a hospital in 2007, talked about the prevention of potentially deadly medical errors when he gave a speech at the National Press Club. Mr. Quaid recently helped to launch a new National Alert Network for Serious Medication Errors (NAN) with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). NAN would issue alerts of seriously harmful or potentially serious medical errors, and recommendations on preventing the same errors in the future.
Dennis Quaid and Dr. Charles Denham talked about their collaboration to increase public awareness of medical errors and outline specific action items to reduce them on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." They also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Dennis Quaid, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Denham, Founder and Chairman of TMIT, and other thought leaders have recently published articles focused on patient safety and quality.
These articles include practical suggestions to raise the awareness in the healthcare and broader community on the opportunities to improve the safety of healthcare delivery.
Conrad N, Dingman J, Foley M, Ford D, Martins B, Millard M, O'Regan P, Quaid D, Salamendra A, Sheridan S, Thao J, Burgess H, Denham C.
Opportunities for Patient and Family Involvement. Chapter 9. National Quality Forum (NQF). Safe Practices for Better Healthcare – 2010 Update:
A Consensus Report. Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; 2010. To get information on how to obtain a copy of the 2010 NQF Safe Practices, click here.