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Product Defect Alert: Pressure Plates used in Level 1 Fast Fluid Flow Fluid Warmers

A changed hinge design may cause variable pressure on the IV bag, leading to under-delivery or delay of therapy with possible consequences including hypothermia, hypovolemia, and/or hypotension.

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AU recall: Philips BiPAP A40 – non-conforming materials could cause off-gassing or device failure

Recall in Australia of bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) ventilator devices that may contain a plastic material that could degrade and cause off-gassing or device failure.

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Neural connector (NRFit®) changeover

Important information about the introduction of neural devices with connectors compliant with the new international standard ISO 80369-6.

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Mortality Sub-committee

The Mortality Sub-committee was developed as a collaboration between the chairs of established anaesthetic mortality committees in Australia, under the auspices of ANZCA. The group is chaired by Dr Simon Jenkins, and includes the chairs of all established anaesthetic mortality...

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Co-prescription of gabapentinoids and opioids

Following the death of a person after minor foot surgery, ANZCA reminds fellows that under certain conditions the interaction of gabapentinoids and opioids can cause severe respiratory depression, resulting in death.

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Recall: DBL Vancomycin 500 mg injection vial, concerns about decreased potency

A recall has been issued for batches J036913AA & J036913BA of DBL Vancomycin (vancomycin hydrochloride) 500 mg powder for injection vials due to out of specification of specificity stability results which do not meet the shelf-life specification for potency or have atypically...

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Glycine toxicity and TURP syndrome

ANZCA has been reminded of recent reports of adverse events related to use of glycine irrigation for TURP surgery

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Class 1 recall notification - Infusion Sets for Alaris™ Pumps (GP, VP, CC, GW/GW800, SE and IVAC™ 59

Manufacturer, Becton Dickinson (BD), has advised of the recall of a number of Dedicated and Non–dedicated infusion sets and accessories.

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Product defect correction: damaged barrels on BD Plastipak 50mL Syringe with Luer-Lok Tip

Damaged barrels may admit air. Check all devices before, during and after use, and report any defective devices discovered.

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Product defect correction: Medfusion syringe pump models 3500 & 4000, eight issues

Several of the eight issues could cause serious injury or death. Remove and quarantine device from use.

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