The wording below is from the “Introduction to the MedicAirbag project”, found in the MedicAirbag Whitepaper, Part 1:
The escalating risk of being exposed to fatal drug accidents, or drug related accidents while in a medical institution, calls for action!
These accidents are in most cases caused by errors done by highly educated, well meaning medical professionals. Often they are acting under stress, during extraordinary long shifts or in situations where focus is disrupted by everyday incidents. This happens to all of us in our jobs, but for health care personnel these moments of distraction may become fatal.
The weight put on the shoulders of a hospital staff member that accidentally makes a fatal error in medication is unbearable for some.
The acceptance and understanding of the fact that medication accidents has more than one side, expands the scope of these accidents far beyond the tragedy that hits the patient, his(*) family, friends and colleagues.
Despite the fact that medication errors may have an instant impact on people’s lives, the security net that should pick up the errors and eliminate the effect, hardly exists. The same level of security would expectedly not have been accepted in any other industry, given the risks involved.
The MedicAirbag project is aiming at developing two lifesaving products including and most important, the information infrastructure necessary for their functionality and for their accuracy.