Letters IT and patient safety

Software must be robust

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39199.442384.3A (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:916
  1. Roger L Weeks, general practitioner
  1. Deanhill Surgery, London SW14 7DF
  1. roger{at}safescript.org

    De Wildt et al concentrate on the shortcomings of Excel but ignore other inadequacies.1 Using Excel or other spreadsheets for dose checking (with or without the locking facility) is inappropriate. The problem is not just data going in the wrong place—it is essential that the concepts of strength and dose are not confused, which seems to have occurred in this case, and that …

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