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
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
Koala Medical Single Use Laryngoscope Blade (two affected batches)  Nov 15, 2018 9:15 AM
Shortage: Prenoxad 1 mg/mL solution for injection (naloxone hydrochloride)  Oct 23, 2018 10:38 AM
Interruption to supply: DBL™ ATRACURIUM BESYLATE INJECTION (Atracurium besilate)  Aug 29, 2018 12:10 PM
Urgent medicine shortage: Glyceryl Trinitrate Concentrate Injection  May 30, 2018 9:31 AM
High Flow Nasal Oxygen (HFNO) and Fire Risk – cautionary note on device usage  Mar 28, 2018 16:17 PM
Severe Euglycaemic Ketoacidosis with SGLT2 Inhibitor Use in the Perioperative Period  Feb 16, 2018 15:07 PM
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