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 

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Title Effective Date
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
URGENT NOTIFICATION: Recall Meditech ultrasound gel  Dec 1, 2017 13:22 PM
Recall - Gentamicin Injection BP 80 mg in 2 mL Steriluer  Oct 11, 2017 12:15 PM
Adrenaline Minijets  Oct 11, 2017 8:29 AM
Recall - Heparin and Lignocaine ampoules (Pfizer)  Aug 14, 2017 14:50 PM
Update - Fentanyl Supply Shortage  Jun 1, 2017 11:00 AM
Philips IntelliVue Neuromuscular Transmission Patient cable   May 29, 2017 11:03 AM
Isuprel Supply Shortage  May 24, 2017 12:33 PM
Alternative dantrolene product available  Apr 7, 2017 16:35 PM
Update: TGA Safety review: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and spontaneous abortion  Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM
Insufflator Gas Connectors  Mar 1, 2017 13:28 PM
Accidental indistinct chlorhexidine injection  Feb 2, 2017 13:56 PM
Medtronic SynchroMed II infusion pump – hazard alert  Dec 14, 2016 10:44 AM
Inadvertent use of Phenol to spray vocal cords  Nov 23, 2016 12:12 PM
Update - New Zealand Remifentanil shortage update - 2 mg now available  Nov 17, 2016 13:56 PM
Medtronic model 37751 recharger - used with neurostimulators  Nov 17, 2016 9:12 AM
Update - New Zealand Ultiva injections supply delayed  Nov 10, 2016 12:52 PM
GE Avance CS2, Avance and Amingo Anesthesia Devices  Nov 3, 2016 11:55 AM
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