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 Description Effective Date Categories
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
Air entrainment from IV giving set into cardiopulmonary bypass circuit  Other
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