The ABC has the happy news that a brain surgery patient has survived a deliberately induced blackout during their surgery after equipment was plugged into non-backed up powerpoints during a blackout test.
Freedom of Information documents obtained by the ABC, show a power blackout interrupted brain surgery in October last year causing computers and other electrical equipment in an operating theatre to malfunction.
A brain surgeon had to keep operating without computer guidance while staff scrambled to fix the problem.
It happened during a routine generator test because equipment was not connected to back-up power.
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ACT Health chief executive Peggy Brown says the problem has been fixed.
Well that’s allright then.
No, wait, it’s not. Because there’s two points of failure here and even resilient systems can get very, very dangerous when that’s allowed to happen.
Testing backup power is useful and important, but perhaps scheduling it for not actually in the middle of surgery might be considered sensible?
And then there’s plugging critical systems into non-backed up power. Just how long has that been going on?