A major flaw in the data analysis of an analysis of a fatal error that led to the death of an 18-month-old baby girl has been exposed.
Melissa Cattan, from the Royal Victoria Hospital, said she had been working on a data analysis project that involved analysing a sample of data from the Queensland coronavirus case-tracking database that showed a number of “significant” errors.
She said she could not find any way to fix the errors and that “there’s a risk of further serious harm”.
Ms Cattann said the problems she had discovered were “unacceptable”.
“This is a significant problem, but it’s not an isolated issue,” she said.
“This type of thing happens with coronaviruses in a number for example, in the UK, and in other countries.”
Ms Cathan said the analysis of the sample data was being carried out in a team of around 20 people, and she had spoken to the chief medical officer of Queensland Health and the Queensland Health Sciences Centre about the data.
She also shared the results of a separate analysis of coronaviral data from two hospitals in Queensland that were involved in the testing.
“We’ve been working with them for several months to make sure we’re making the right decisions and the right assumptions,” Ms Cattanc said.’
I don’t know what’s going on’The Queensland Health Science Centre in Townsville, which runs the state’s coronaviret study, said the data had been examined and validated, but that it had not been tested.
It said it was not in a position to comment further.
The Queensland government said it had “reached out” to the Queensland hospital to see if they could fix the problem.
“The Queensland Government will be making inquiries with the Queensland Government about the issue,” Queensland Health spokesperson Michelle Deakin said.
Topics:death,health,covid-19,health-policy,healthcare-facilities,vaccines-and-immunity,british-columbia,qldFirst posted March 06, 2020 07:59:48Contact Melissa CattunanMore stories from Queensland