An Australian hospital was forced to issue an apology after it faxed out death notices for 200 patients who are still breathing.
Austin Hospital of Melbourne accidentally sent the erroneous death notices to the family doctors of its patients. In the notice, the physicians were informed that their patient had died following their hospital visit. The notice was supposed to report that the patients had been discharged.
According to the Herald Sun, at least one doctor informed family members that their loved one had died.
The mistake occurred because of a change in a hospital template letter. It is believed that human error is to blame.