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May 16, 2016

Antivirus Scan Stalls Heart Procedure for a Full 5 Minutes

A crucial medical device crashed during a heart procedure due to an antivirus scan that managed to crash the equipment, requiring doctors to perform a reboot of the computer entirely.

An antivirus software installed on a PC led to an untimely crash during a heart procedure, causing doctors to reboot the computer, disrupting the procedure for about five minutes. The mishap did not result in any complications and the doctors were able to complete their procedure without any risks to the patient.

The disrupted device is a Merge Hemo, a piece of medical equipment used to monitor and supervise heart catheterization procedures wherein doctors plug a catheter inside a [...]

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