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. 

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You can be quickly alerted to important safety information by following @anzca on Twitter. 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 Effective Date
Supply constraints in New Zealand and Australia  May 8, 2020 14:41 PM
Urgent Safety Alert – N95 face masks  Apr 16, 2020 17:57 PM
Rusch® GreenLite™ Disposable Metal Laryngoscope Blade  Feb 26, 2020 15:51 PM
Palexia SR 100 mg Tapentadol sustained release tablets  Feb 24, 2020 11:09 AM
BBraun Perifix® catheter connector failure   Feb 10, 2020 15:16 PM
Gentamicin Injection USP 40 mg/mL (80mg/2mL) – caution if used as an inhalation  Nov 28, 2019 14:40 PM
Supply shortage of ranitidine-containing products  Nov 28, 2019 14:34 PM
Probreathe Air cushion mask size 4. WL-AM04 Lot number 1807021365  Oct 10, 2019 7:56 AM
Juno Metaraminol Syringes  Oct 9, 2019 14:53 PM
Spinal, epidural and nerve block equipment is changing – advice for anaesthetists and pain medicine practitioners  Aug 15, 2019 9:16 AM
Product Safety Alert- Adrenaline-Link 1:10,000 1mg/10mL Pre-filled syringe  May 31, 2019 16:26 PM
Fentanyl supply shortage  May 13, 2019 12:11 PM
Safety alert: Fluid warming systems  Mar 6, 2019 10:34 AM
Thiopental injection disruption to supply  Jan 23, 2019 9:54 AM
TGA safety advisory on intensive care ventilators  Dec 19, 2018 14:08 PM
QLD Health patient safety notice: Marcain Spinal 0.5% Heavy (bupivacaine hydrochloride)  Dec 17, 2018 9:08 AM
High Flow Nasal Oxygen (HFNO) and Fire Risk – cautionary note on device usage  Mar 28, 2018 16:17 PM
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