MedicAirbag
The MedicAirbag – a Simlrs Patient Security Project 

The European Council has issued a report telling that 197 000 people died of ADR (Adverse Drug Reactions) in the EU area, during 2008. In short; the term “ADR” means that the patients died of the drug/medicine prescribed to them by the doctor under normal use according to the prescription.

Statistics for the number of patients that dies due to procedure errors in hospital, under public or private ward, or due to medication errors occurring in their homes, is not available. Expectedly the numbers would have been frightening!

This is what the MedicAirbag project is about; developing an “airbag” for medication at large – The MedicAirbag™.

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.

Project deliverables:
The “DDA” (Doctors Digital Assistant) – Phase 1

The DDA is a decision-support unit that will provide high quality decision and QA support to persons responsible for prescribing, distributing and administrating drugs.

 

The “BSU” (Bedside Security Unit) – Phase 2

The BSU is an extended DDA. The technology in the DDA will be the core of the BSU.  BSU will have extended functionality related to patient security at “Bedside”(*).

 

“Bedside” is perhaps the most dangerous interface in the drug distribution chain. It has, as an example been proven that drugs are frequently interchanged between patients in medical institutions due to bad medication procedures.  For the security of operation, BSU will have advanced patient recognition technology built in as one of the features separating it from the DDA.

 

If you want to read the complete Whitepaper part 1, please send an email and ask for the link.

Well at last!
Well at last!