Software glitch blamed for wrong doses

A Queensland Health risk report last week estimated there was a 60–90% likelihood the software glitch would lead to the death of a patient within a month.

The MetaVision ICU software was adopted in nine Queensland hospitals in 2013 and 2014.

The state’s health minister, Lawrence Springborg, said today the department was not aware of any deaths related to the software.

“What this particular paper said was that a problem has been identified and it needed to be fixed very, very quickly. Otherwise there would have been adverse consequences,” he told ABC Radio.

Mr Springborg was referring to the Metro North Hospital and Health Service’s report on the medication management software for intensive care patients.

Asked if any deaths had been recorded, he said: “Not that I’m aware of. If that has been the case, it’s not been brought to my attention.”

Dr Christopher