Confused data bases
Information about the effect of drugs on laboratory test
results is stored in databanks, such as the Swedish DECC comes from
many sources and the output is often contradictory. Steps need to
be taken to remedy this problem or unexpected consequences could
result, similar to the event illustrated below.
The military headquarters for South Sweden is situated in
my hometown of Kristianstad. On one occasion military staff sent
out mobilising orders to about 3000 Swedes in the region, using
names & addresses in their faultless database, as they thought.
Somehow, the computer also decided to print envelopes to people
registered as dead.
Thirteen people turned up on the day!
Recollected by Nils Tryding, IFCC Expert Panel on Drug
Interaction 19xx - 1988.