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Anaesthesia and smoking

Smokers are at increased risk of respiratory, cardiac and wound-related complications following surgery.

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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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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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Ventolin metered dose inhalers (AU)

Important information on changes to the design of Salbutamol (Ventolin) metered dose inhalers (MDIs/‘puffers’) in Australia.

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Peer review of practice (procedures in pain medicine) - observation form

Peer review of practice (procedures in pain medicine) - observation form

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Neuroanaesthesia SIG

The Neuroanaesthesia SIG exists to foster interest in matters relating to the perioperative care and anaesthesia of patients with intracranial and spinal pathology. This includes the application of basic and translational science relevant to clinical anaesthesia.

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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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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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