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COVID-19 patient screening study

New Australian research on COVID-19 screening of hospital patients during the first wave of the pandemic found that the documentation of patient screening procedures before surgery could be improved.

Avoid prescription of pregabalin during pregnancy

Pregabalin use during pregnancy increases risk of birth defects

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Patient resources

We've collated a range of resources for pain patients and their families.

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Defect: Gentec 286MB 25LY2A click-style oxygen regulators – SIS seal collar is removable (update)

The oxygen-specific seal collar for this device can be unscrewed, creating risk that wrong gas can be connected. To correct, either return to manufacturer or secure with high strength thread lock adhesive.

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Safety and Quality Committee

The Safety and Quality Committee works with fellows and ANZCA Council to support safe clinical practice in anaesthesia and pain medicine.

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Inconsistencies in use of red (or other colour) wrist bands for patients with anaphylaxis history

ANZCA has become aware of variations between hospitals and facilities in the use of red or other colour wrist bands on patients to indicate a history of anaphylaxis. We ask you to take care to know the wrist band practices in each hospital or facility you work in. We also remi...

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High Flow Nasal Oxygen (HFNO) and Fire Risk – cautionary note on device usage

This is a reissued safety alert warning medical practitioners of the potential fire hazards when using HFNOs

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Reissued: 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. This disparity widens as SpO2 falls, is more pronounced in individuals with darkly pigmented skin, and is likely to be clinically important be...

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New Zealand recall: CareSens KetoSens Test Strip – specific batch returns false readings

Recall in New Zealand of CareSens KetoSens Test Strips batch UJ03PBXNG, which give false (too high) readings of patient blood ketones.

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Propofol anaphylaxis

ANZCA has been notified of an episode of life-threatening anaphylaxis, most likely triggered by propofol, in a previously well 12 year-old boy with no allergy history. Propofol anaphylaxis is extremely rare but possible.

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