Safety alerts

Safety alerts are published in each edition of the monthly ANZCA E-Newsletter and the quarterly ANZCA

Some are government or hospital announcements and many have been identified by the ECRI Institute. The ECRI Institute is a non-profit organisation that issues alerts derived from four sources: the ECRI International Problem Reporting System, product manufacturers, government agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and agencies in Australia, Europe and the UK as well as reports from client hospitals.

It is recognised that some alerts may only involve single or small numbers of cases, there is no denominator to provide incidence and there is not always certainty about the regions where the equipment is supplied. This section can only highlight some of the alerts that may be relevant and it is the responsibility of the hospitals to follow up with the manufacturer’s representatives if they have not already been contacted.

If you are aware of a safety issue in your hospital or are interested in quality and safety issues, please contact the safety and quality coordinator. 

How to set up Twitter, RSS feeds

You can be quickly alerted to important safety information by setting up email alerts via an RSS feed and following @anzca on Twitter. To set up an RSS feed please visit this link

 and follow the directions on your device to subscribe. Safety alerts added to the ANZCA website will then automatically appear in your new RSS feed. Some browsers do not support RSS feeds.

To sign up to Twitter, go to and follow the prompts. Once signed up, follow @anzca to receive safety alerts and other communications from the College.

Archived safety alerts

Current safety alerts 

Title Description Effective Date Categories
Update - Dantrolene (Dantrium) supply compromise  High Priority Mar 27, 2017 14:38 PM Other
Fentanyl Supply Shortage  High Priority Mar 21, 2017 14:42 PM Other
Update: TGA Safety review: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and spontaneous abortion  High Priority Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM Pain
Insufflator Gas Connectors  High Priority Mar 1, 2017 13:28 PM Anaesthetic Equipment
Accidental indistinct chlorhexidine injection  High Priority Feb 2, 2017 13:56 PM Other
Medtronic SynchroMed II infusion pump – hazard alert  High Priority Dec 14, 2016 10:44 AM Pain
Inadvertent use of Phenol to spray vocal cords  High priority Nov 23, 2016 12:12 PM Other
Update - New Zealand Remifentanil shortage update - 2 mg now available  High Priority Nov 17, 2016 13:56 PM Other
Medtronic model 37751 recharger - used with neurostimulators  High Priority Nov 17, 2016 9:12 AM Pain
Update - New Zealand Ultiva injections supply delayed  High Priority Nov 10, 2016 12:52 PM ANZCA Calendar
GE Avance CS2, Avance and Amingo Anesthesia Devices  High Priority Nov 3, 2016 11:55 AM Anaesthetic Equipment
Supply disruption to Ultiva for injection (remifentanil hydrochloride) until 2018  High Priority Sep 23, 2016 9:52 AM Other
New Zealand - Temporary Supply Disruption to Ultiva injections  Extremely high priority Sep 2, 2016 9:02 AM Other
Presence of white spots on the outer surface of blood bags  high priority Jun 29, 2016 14:56 PM Other
Ketamine ampoules – labelling alert NZ  low priority Jun 23, 2016 14:03 PM Other
Hydroxyethyl starch (Voluven and Volulyte) - Update  high priority Jun 10, 2016 15:23 PM Other
Marcain Spinal 0.5% Heavy and reports of failed or incomplete spinal anaesthesia  high priority Jun 5, 2016 13:13 PM Other
Phenylephrine - lack of haemodynamic effect  high priority Jun 2, 2016 13:06 PM Other
Urgent Recall: Dräger D-Vapor and D-Vapor 3000 with Baxter Desflurane Agent and Bottles  high priority Jun 2, 2016 7:56 AM Anaesthetic Equipment
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