Y2K Anesthesia Stories Invited

Even though it appeared that the anticipated computer problems from the advent of the year 2000 turned out to be many fewer than expected with few reported major disruptions (although the video rental store computer that calculated a late fee of $91,000 for the movie returned January 1-apparently 100 years late-provided a chuckle), there may still be relevant information to circulate.

Any reader with a Y2K related experience that had or could have had any anesthesia patient safety implication is urged to submit an account of the incident(s) for publication in this newsletter (the address of the Editor is in the lower right hand corner of Page 38). Note also that the nonprofit international healthcare services research agency, ECRI, is collecting and displaying information about Y2K-related medical device problems on its website: www.healthcare.ecri.org.