Safety and quality update: November 2023

16 November 2023

New this month: Safety alert re shortage of corticosteroids; Australian Government response to report on the rise of allergies/anaphylaxis; report ‘near misses’ to webAIRS; New Zealand National mortality review pānui.

Safety alerts

Corticosteriods in short supply.

See all safety alerts

Government response to report on the rise of allergies and anaphylaxis

On 27 October 2023, the Australian Government published a response to the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport’s inquiry report Walking the allergy tightrope: Addressing the rise of allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia. The response is available here.

Please report ‘Near Misses’ to webAIRS

Reporting to webAIRS anaesthetic incident reporting system provides the opportunity to record and report ‘near miss’ events, as well as ‘potential hazards’ and ‘harm to patients’. The World Health Organization describes a near miss event as ‘an error that has the potential to cause an adverse event (patient harm) but fails to do so because of chance or because it is intercepted’.

Learning from near misses and adverse events is an important aspect of perioperative patient safety monitoring. We encourage the anaesthetic community to report all near misses, as well as adverse events, so emerging risks can be identified and communicated to prevent adverse events.

To report an incident to webAIRS please login or register. For any enquiries, please email anztadc@anzca.edu.au

Health Quality & Safety Commission National mortality review pānui

The inaugural New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission National mortality review pānui from the National Mortality Review Committee and National Mortality Review Function Management Group is now available. 


Last updated 16:55 16.11.2023