Public health alerts and patient safety watch

Public Health Alerts

Meningococcal W Disease

Zika Virus

Also refer to the Australian Department of Health Zika virus website for the latest information.

Human Parechovirus

MERS-CoV and Avian Influenza A and Hajj

Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Hepatitis A and Frozen Berry Recall

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): Outbreak in West Africa

Measles

H7N9 Avian Influenza

Enterovirus Neurological Disease

Enterovirus Neurological Disease Alert, 27 March 2013

Novel Coronavirus: Important information for clinicians and laboratories, updated 18 February 2013

Product Recall Notices

Safety Alert

001/17 - HYDROmorphone: High-risk medicine, released 10 January 2017

002/16 - Vancomycin Intravenous Preparation - disruption to supply, revised 20 December 2016

003/16 - Intravenous Metronidazole - disruption to supply, released 9 December 2016

Safety Notices

004/17 - Infection Post Cardiopulmonary Bypass Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices, 3 March 2017

009/16 - Avoiding thrombophlebitis with intravenous amiodarone, revised 10 February 2017

003/17 - Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets - disruption to supply, released 8 February 2017

012/16 - Aciclovir intravenous infusion preparations - Disruption to supply, released 14 November 2016

003/16 - Use of Prone Restraint and Parenteral Medication in Healthcare Settings, released 14 July 2015

001/16 - Changes to Medicine Ingredient Names April 2016 to April 2020, released 9 May 2016

002/14 - Newer Oral Anticoagulants, updated 24 March 2014

003/13 - Voluven and Volulyte (hydroxyethyl starch), released 5 September 2013

Safety Information

001/16 - Increase in Cases of Invasive Meningococcal Disease, released February 2016

003/13 - Potent Hallucinogenic Substance in NSW, released 4 December 2013

Patient Safety Watch

Edition 3/16: Recognising bleeding in patients treated with intravenous heparin

Edition 2/16: Low Molecular Weight Heparin - Managing the Risks

Edition 1/15: Adrenal Insufficiency: Diagnostic and Management Dilemmas

Edition 3/13: Retained Vascular Guide Wires

Edition 2/13: Mental Health Patients Absconding From EDs

Edition 2/12: Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Removal

Edition 1/12: Defibrillators

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