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Submission + - Lack of input validation kills

ushering05401 writes: Multiple news sources are reporting at least eight deaths across North America due to failures in the calibration and use of pumps designed to deliver cancer medications. The medications being administered are so powerful that once an overdose has occured there is not a way to save the victims life. The case reviewed in this article http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.h tml?id=d296990e-fc05-4b5d-86b4-32d3c2e4be9b&k=6732 3
  describes a woman who recieved an overdose living for twenty two days after the overdose knowing she was going to die.

In addition to the human element, regulators reviewing the cases cite the lack of sanity checks embedded into the pump as an issue that needs to be addressed. Yet another example of technology designed without proper validation testing to account for human error.

The nurses involved in most of these cases are not being disciplined. Regulators cite systematic failures that should have been addressed when the procedures and technology were implemented.

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