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In what way was the hospital responsible?
The hospital is responsible in that it should have noticed that in the rare case that an overdose of radiation was emitted, to thoroughly ensure that the patient was not in danger of death. Even though the hospital was not aware of the machine’s errors, it should have taken the warning messages the machine made more seriously. When dealing with a machine that emits a high energy radiation beam, no warning message is a false alarm. Protocols should have been put in place to cover all machines, not just the Therac-25. Detailed procedures ought to have been issued to all personnel who operated machines like the Therac-25. It would be like allowing a surgeon to use a tool in surgery without ensuring he or she knew how to use it properly....
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