BRUSSELS, March 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of 28 European organizations had urged the European Commission to propose setting up a Europe-wide database of accidents and injuries, according to the European Economic and Social Committee Monday.
Marking the 15th annual European Consumer Day last Thursday, 28 organizations joined forces to stress the need to tackle the current disorder of data collection, aiming to reduce the number of preventable injuries and healthcare costs.
Roughly 5.7 million people are admitted to hospital annually as a result of injuries sustained in accidents, while 34 million others are treated as outpatients, according to the statistics provided by the organizations.
The high number of injuries has contributed to significant healthcare costs, estimated at 78 billion euros (101.1 billion U.S. dollars) each year, said the statement.
The organizations said the establishment of a Pan-European Accident and Injury Data System would result in fewer accidents and injuries, and the cost of creating the database would be more than offset by reductions in healthcare costs.
After recording the cause of accidents, national authorities would then pool and share the data to a European system, helping manufacturers to adapt their products, providing a basis for public awareness-raising campaigns, assisting lawmakers to develop better product standards.