Safety and quality update: February 2022

17 February 2022

New this month: safety alert for New Zealand, Ahpra on facilitating access to care under COVID-19, webAIRS workshop, mortality case studies, voluntary assisted dying, digital health, quality improvement lead training, and more.

New safety alerts

We've issued new safety alerts for:
  • New Zealand recall: Carestation 750/750c Anesthesia Delivery Systems, O2 low-pressure alarm malfunction
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How to use webAIRS in your anaesthetic practice – virtual ASM workshop 

Come along to our introductory webAIRS virtual workshop, on Friday 29 April, 8.30 – 10.00am – session W21 in the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 program.

Facilitators Dr Martin Culwick and Dr Yasmin Endlich will explain how to set up your webAIRS account to conduct a personal audit, a departmental audit, or to use the cases for discussion at morbidity and mortality meetings. Delegates will be guided through an analysis of case scenarios based on de-identified webAIRS cases.

For further enquiries, contact Dr Martin Culwick, ANZTADC Medical Director or Dr Yasmin Endlich, ANZTADC Publications Chair, via

Register for ASM

Ahpra guidance on facilitating access to care in a COVID-19 environment

Ahpra and the National Boards of Australia have released new guidance on facilitating patient access to care regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, while keeping health practitioners, staff and all patients safe. It contains practical advice for seeing non-vaccinated people safely, which will be most relevant to clinicians who run their own consulting rooms.

Download the guidance

NSW Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia (SCIDUA) – Annual Report and Case Studies 2019

SCIDUA NSW is one of the eight regional and national organisations that contribute data to ANZCA’s three-yearly Safety of Anaesthesia in Australia and New Zealand reports, overseen by the Mortality Sub-committee. SCIDUA has just released its latest report into anaesthesia-related mortality in NSW.

Download the report

Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) National Case Note Review Booklet Volume 21

ANZASM and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have released their latest National Case Note Review Booklet. The case notes in this volume have a theme of ‘smaller specialties’.

Download the booklet

Online module on voluntary assisted dying and the law

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) has released a new online training module about voluntary assisted dying and the law, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT). These modules cover the law in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, South Australia, and Queensland.


Save the dates: New Zealand quality improvement scientific symposium virtual lunchtime sessions

The Healthcare Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand is hosting a series of four free virtual one-hour lunchtime sessions which replace the previously cancelled in-person symposium.
Sessions will be: 12–1pm on 24 February, 3 March, 10 March and 24 March 2022 (via Zoom)


Australian Digital Health Agency and RACS: digital health webinar, 21 Feb 2022

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency, is hosting an interactive 1-hour webinar session on a range of digital health tools to support specialist practitioners, on 21 February 2022 at 6pm AEDT.


Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Virtual Quality Improvement Lead Program

The ACHS is running its seventh year of Quality Improvement Lead training, designed ‘to equip you with the knowledge and skills to improve the quality and safety of care for patients/clients.’
The audience of this training includes CEOs, Health Executives, clinicians and Quality Managers. Registrations close on Wednesday 30 March 2022 and the first virtual session is 7 April.

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Last updated 16:09 12.07.2022