Friday, August 15, 2014

Now There's a Kick In the Teeth...

Joseph in IL sends in this delicious little "oopsie"...

Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead
An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients.

Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
Now, it sounds like this only went to the primary care physician, and not to the newspapers, state, etc., so it really does sound like it was just embarrassing. It's not like 200 people were legally declared dead so they've got a legalistic nightmare to contend with. It's not even all that hard to see what happened: there was a change in the software that sent out notices when a patient was discharged. I'd wager someone clicked the wrong box so that when [patient] is discharged, sent notice to [doctor] changed the word "discharged" to "deceased"...

I wonder, though... How many of those people thought, even for a second, "hey, this could be a good thing"? That does depend on whether the doctor told them about the mistake, more than likely after a rather embarrassing phone call. "I'm so sorry to hear of your loved one's passing". "What do you mean, he's sitting right here!" After a laugh - or perhaps uncomfortable silence, once the doctor explained what happened I wonder how many folks asked if this meant they were legally deceased...

Mental note, though, to avoid getting sick if I travel to Oz...

That is all.

5 comments:

Miguel said...

They were trial runs....

Dave H said...

Well, that's one way to get out of jury duty.

Wow, can you imagine the paperwork they'd face if they had been declared legally deceased? You thought having your identity stolen would be a hassle.

Anonymous said...

They created zombies! The living dead, government employees!

Gerry

George P. Burdell said...

Coming soon to an Obamacare near you.

And somewhere in this story has to be a reference to Chicago.

Anonymous said...

To help George out.

Chicago: 400 new Democratic voters registered today.

Joseph in IL