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Deadly Errors

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Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When a brain surgeon discovers that a revolutionary computerized medical-records system is responsible for a series of patient deaths—and threatens many more—he must navigate a treacherous maze of conspiracy. And risk his life to expose it.

* A comatose man is given a fatal dose of insulin in the Emergency Room—even though he isn’t diabetic.

* An ulcer patient dies of hemolytic shock after receiving a transfusion—of the wrong blood type.

* A recovering heart patient receives a double dose of the same medication—triggering a fatal cardiac arrest.

When the doctors and nurses at Seattle’s prestigious Maynard Medical Center start making preventable drug and treatment errors that kill their patients, neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Mathews suspects that something is murderously wrong with the hospital’s highly touted new “Med-InDx” electronic medical record. But when he airs his concerns to the hospital’s upper management, he’s met with stonewalling, skepticism—and threats.

Millions of dollars, and the future of Med-InDx, are at stake. And powerful corporate forces aren’t about to let their potential profits evaporate. Tyler soon finds that his career, his marriage, and his very life are in jeopardy—along with the lives of countless innocent patients.

Tyler Mathews is a doctor that loses his license to practice medicine in the state of California because of prescription drug use. He also loses his wife and his marriage. He is just now picking up the pieces and working at a hospital in Washington. His ex-wife has contacted him about possibly getting back together and things are looking up at work.

Then an emergency room patient dies from an overdose of insulin, Tyler has a patent that comes in and gets an overdose and dies a horribly, and other events start happening. The strange thing is that the new computer system is acting odd. Although the information is being entered correctly, it looks like someone has hacked into the system and changed it causing improper diagnosis, dosage, and treatment. Clearly there is something wrong with the new Med-InDx.

When Tyler lost his license in California, he had stumbled over the hospital stealing millions from Medicare. When he brought that to the light, they got rid of him with the drug charge. Because of that history, he is asked to look into the Med InDx. This is going to be hard to do when once again he is framed for drug use. But that is the easy part, now someone wants to silence his findings for good.

This is another great story from Allen Wyler. Initially I couldn’t careless with Tyler. He is caught doing drugs, loses everything, and then when he is starting we start with him abusing Ambien. But things look fishy when he loses his patient and it’s because of the dose being wrong in the computer system, I felt for him. The more I got into the story I felt for him. He was just trying to do the right thing and getting grief for it. I loved all the action with the Med InDx program. It’s creepy to think that doctors now use the electronic devices to help with their jobs and the possible outcomes of software issues and such.

This is a great medical thriller. If you have not read any of Allen Wyler’s other books, this would be a great one to start with. He is one author that you don’t want to miss.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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