Infusion pump ‘black box’ error detection suggestion

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Prof Thimbleby, a digital health expert from Swansea University, said he had found programming faults with hundreds of medical devices” BBC (2018).

BBC report “Medical devices and computers should have a black box style feature similar to aircraft to investigate whether errors have contributed to patient harm, an IT expert has said. Currently no data is collected on the links between patient harm and device errors in the NHS. But computer professor Harold Thimbleby says bugs could be contributing to dozens of patient deaths a year. The Welsh Government said it was not aware of any evidence to support that. Prof Thimbleby, a digital health expert from Swansea University, said he had found programming faults with hundreds of medical devices.”

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