Monday, October 27, 2014

Qld medication software 'likely to kill within month'

New software installed to manage doses of medicine in nine Queensland hospitals is very likely to kill patients within a month, a report by Queensland Health has found.

The report concluded there was a 60 to 90 per cent chance the software, Metavision Intensive Care, would cause serious harm or death at least once in the next month.

The review by the Metro North Hospital and Health Service said pharmacists identified potentially serious prescription errors caused by the system.

"Since implementation, monitoring of patient records by pharmacists has revealed several potentially serious prescription errors specifically caused by the system," the seven-page report said.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

US and UK forces end combat operations in Afghanistan

The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan have officially ended their operations by transferring two crucial military bases to the Afghan military.

The American and British flags were lowered and folded up for the final time at the regional headquarters of the international military at Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan.

US Marines, British and Afghan soldiers formed a guard of honour, saluting as the national anthems of all three countries were played over a loudspeaker, 13 years after foreign troops intervened in the country to topple the Taliban.