Safety and quality update: June 2021

New this month: peripheral IV catheters standard endorsed; updated advice on surgery following AstraZeneca vaccine; ACHS Quality Improvement awards; WebAIRS update; and the latest safety alerts.

ANZCA endorses clinical care standard on peripheral IV catheters

ANZCA has endorsed a new clinical care standard released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on 26 May which provides national guidance on best practice care and skilful use of PIVCs – and is aimed at prompting health workers to consider whether a cannula is really necessary before insertion. 

Updated advice re surgery following AstraZeneca vaccine

Guidance from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) COVID-19 Working Group has been added to the college’s advice on surgery following the AstraZeneca vaccine. It is recommended to not schedule COVID-19 vaccination within one week of elective surgery or one week after elective or non-elective ​surgery. This will reduce the chance that adverse events following the vaccination, such as fever, are attributed as a complication of surgery, such as a surgical wound infection.

Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Quality Improvement awards

The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) 2021 Quality Improvement awards are now open. The awards recognise the achievements and unique innovations of our members. Submissions are open to all ACHS member healthcare organisations, including Clinical Indicator Program members until 5pm (AEST) on 10 September 2021.

WebAIRS update: Designing safe and efficient systems

The upcoming Conjoint Australian Society of Anaesthetists National Scientific Congress (ASA NSC) and Queensland Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) meeting in Brisbane will include a session on Designing Safe and Efficient Systems on 24 July. The session will include presentations on Setting up STARS: Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Services (Dr David Sturgess and Dr Jessica Taylor) and Using Bowtie Diagrams for Predicting, Preventing and Preparedness (Dr Martin Culwick, Dr Yasmin Endlich and Dr Stavros Prineas). For more information visit the ASA NSC website.

Safety alerts

For all safety alerts see here.


Last updated 17:01 19.07.2021