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Accuracy of pulse oximeters at low oxygen saturation

Pulse oximeters may overestimate arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2) for patients with non-white skin when SpO2 falls below 90 per cent.

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Dantrolene supply shortage

Pfiezer has been experiencing supply chain issues with Dantrolene products

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Defect: Aisys CS2/Avance CS2/Avance CS2 Pro Anaesthesia Systems, switched O2/air pressure reading

Specified models can show O2 and air cylinder pressure readings as switched, creating possible risk of the cylinder in use depleting without warning.

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AU recall: AMSORB PLUS Prefilled G-Can 1.0L anaesthesia absorber cartridge, possible gas leak

A small number of these GE Healthcare anaesthesia absorber cartridges from lot 110122F312 may leak gas between purple lid and canister body. Always run anaesthesia machine pre-use test to detect any leak.

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Supply shortage of Dantrolene

Pfizer Australia has informed there is a shortage of Australian registered DANTROLENE (as sodium hemiheptahydrate) 20 mg powder for injection vial due to unexpected increase in consumer demand.

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Transition to sole medicine ingredient names in Australia.

The TGA has announced changes to how medicine labels will show ingredient names.

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Misaligned volume markings on BD 5mL syringe

Graduated volume markings are reported to be misaligned on the BD (Becton Dickinson) 5mL luer-slip syringe, item number 302130, leading to measurement error.

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Management of potential supply disruption to epidural kits (update)

Recommendation to manage potential supply disruption of a brand of commonly used epidural kits by conserving kits for epidurals only (not nerve blocks) per NSW Health advice.

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CO2 insufflation in endoscopy reduces risk of gas embolism

Following the death of a person from suspected venous air embolism, ANZCA recommends CO2 is used for endoscopy insufflation and that anaesthetists maintain a high index of clinical suspicion of gas embolism.

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