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Software Bugs Put Critical Care Patients at Risk

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Adam Bitner5 years ago

Increasingly, hospitals and other care providers are discovering that software errors are putting patients at risk.

For example, in February, the FDA recalled Smiths Medical’s Medfusion® 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pump, which delivers a steady stream of medication to patients in critical care units, neonatal patients, and pediatric units. The devices that had older software configurations were found to disrupt patient care when bugs in the coding caused the system to shut off or deliver incorrect amounts of medication.

Technology Takes Hands-On Care From Patients

  • Instead of administering medications to patients by hand, pumps wirelessly administer medications via intravenous infusion.
  • Medical devices should receive greater attention when it comes to administering critical software updates, but often these updates are delayed or ignored.
  • Outdated software puts patients at risk of receiving incorrect amounts of medication, either too much or too little.
  • Properly trained nurses and attendees can be more reliable than technologies like these when they fail and malfunction. Backups should always be ready.

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