NSW Health's Safety Alert Broadcast System (SABS) has been adapted from the UK's National Health Service Safety Alert Broadcast System. Its aim is to provide a systematic approach to the distribution and management of patient safety information to NSW health services. Each alert specifies action to be taken by health services, the timeframe in which such action must occur, and specific responsibility for the actions.

The Safety Alert Broadcast System Policy Directive PD2013_009 describes how SABS works. Basically, there are three types of notification:


Safety Alert (Red), requiring immediate attention and action.

Safety Notice (Amber), requiring risk assessment at the local level.

Safety Information (Green), ensuring that lessons learned from statewide, national and international sources are shared actively across the NSW health system.

The SABS register

Number

Type

Issues covered

Date of issue

SN:002/14

Newer Oral Anticoagulants (Update)

24 March 14

SI:001/14

Correct Usage of Fume/Vapour Soaking Stations

24 January 14

SN:001/14

Use of Impregnated Chemical Disinfectant Wipe Systems for Reusable Medical Devices

24 January 14

SI:003/13

25l-NBOMe Potent hallucinogenic substance in NSW

4 December 13
 (revised on 19 Dec 13)

SN:003/13

Voluven and Volulyte (hydroxyethyl starch)

5 September 13

SA:001/13

Risks associated with WockhardtTM morphine sulfate injection 10mg/mL (preserved) ampoules

1 May 13

SA:005/12

Recall Ventolin & Asmol Inhalers - 10 batches

24 Dec 12

SN:001/12

Morphine sulfate injection 10mg/mL ampoules supply changes and toxicity issues

17 Dec 12

SI:002/12

Measles Outbreak

31 Aug 12

SI:001/12

Antenatal magnesium sulphate infusion prior to preterm birth for neuroprotection of the foetus infant and child 

4 May 12

SA:002/12

Product Recall - CSL Human Albumin - Batches Released from Quarantine (Albumex 4, Albumex 20)

15 Mar 12

SA:001/12

Product Recall CSL Human Albumin

08 Mar 12

SA:008/11

Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia (PJP) in transplant patients

19 Dec 11

SI:003/11

Safe Storage of Accountable Medicines

29 Nov 11

SN:015/11

Bathing of Newborn Babies and Infection Prevention

22 Nov 11

SN:014/11

Newer Oral Anticoagulants

9 Nov 11

SN:013/11

Management of medication for patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

7 Nov 11

SA:006/11

Supply of Minijet® injections

7 Oct 11

SI:001/11

Safe Use of Alcohol Based Skin Preparations for Surgical and Anaesthetic Procedures (supersedes Safety Information SI: 001/07 issued on 27 June 2007)

7 Oct 11

SN:007/11

BenPen™ (Benzylpenicillin)

28 Sept 11

SA:004/11

HYDROmorphone: High-risk analgesic

21 Apr 11

SN:017/10

Group A Streptococcal Maternal Sepsis

24 Dec 10

SN:014/10

Autonomic Dysreflexia 
(supersedes Safety Notice 014/10 issued on 26 October 2010)

1 Nov 10

SN:011/10

Medication Incidents Involving Hydromorphone (Opioid) 
-->
To be read in conjunction with SA:004/11

14 Sept 10
(revised on 16 Sep 10)

SN:010/10

Correct identification of medication and solutions for epidural anaesthesia and analgesia

25 Aug 10

SN:006/10

Pathology Testing - Caesarean Section Operations

16 Jun 10

SN:004/10

Important Changes to Medical Gas Cylinders

22 Apr 10

SA:002/10

RECALL of Breathing Systems with Intersurgical #1986 Connector

13 Jan 10

SA:001/10

RECALL of Unomedical - Endotracheal Tubes

8 Jan 10

SN:022/09

Safe use of Midazolam

18 Dec 09

SA:007/09

Recall of Cefazolin Sandoz BATCH AH 5067

6 Nov 09

SA:006/09

Emergency/ Arrest Buttons

4 Nov 09

SA:005/09

Relenza (zanamivir) Inhalation Powder Safety Advisory

21 Oct 09

SN:019/09

Managing Pigtail Drains Safely

8 Oct 09

SA:004/09

New Version of Adult National Inpatient Medication Chart [NIMC] - SMR140

16 Sep 09

SN:018/09

Reducing Incidents Involving Tracheostomy Tube Care -->  To be read in conjunction with SN: 018/09
PD2006-098 - Tracheostomy - Unavoidable early (<72 hours) Tracheostomy Tube change

16 Sep 09

SN:016/09

Safe Instrumental Birth

28 Jul 09

SN:014/09

Retained or Broken Orthopaedic Surgical Equipment in Patients

9 Jul 09

SA:003/09

Draeger Medical Babylog 8000 Plus Neonatal Ventilator

26 Jun 09

SA:002/09

Guidewire Alert

16 Jun 09

SI:003/09

Varenicline (CHAMPIX)-Serious Psychiatric Side Effects

29 May 09

SN:011/09

Allopurinol and Azathioprine

7 May 09

SN:009/09

Acute Coronary Syndrome

28 Apr 09

SN:008 /09

Insertion of intraocular lens
Recommended intraocular lens insertion process
To be read in conjunction with SN: 008/09

31 Mar 09

SN:007/09

Nasogastric Feeding Tubes for Infants and Children
(revised)

27 Mar 09

SN:006/09

Wrong Route Errors with Oral Medication

25 Mar 09

SA:001/09

PEEP Valve, Expiration Diverter Assembly

13 Feb 09

SN:003/09

Intravenous Amiodarone

11 Feb 09

SI:001/09

Drager Oxylog 2000 Transport Ventilator

8 Jan 09

SN:012/08

Autonomic Dysreflexia

16 Dec 08

SI:003/08

Whooping Cough

3 Dec 08

SA:002/08

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line - Arrow 3 FG Brand (Suspension lifted 24 Dec 08)

13 Oct 08

SA:002/08

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Lines
(supersedes Safety Alert SA:001/08)

13 Oct 08

SA:001/08

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Lines

10 Oct 08

SI:002/08

Zolpidem (“Stilnox”)

19 June 08

SI:001/08

Paracetamol

4 June 08

SN:008/08

Clexane

16 May 08

SN:004/08

Oxycodone (Revised)
Poster: SOLID ORAL MORPHINE and OXYCODONE PRODUCTS for PAIN RELIEF
(link to
 Oxycodone A3 Poster )

16 May 08

SN:002/08

Pulmonary Embolism: Diagnosis in Young People

29 Jan 08

SA:004/07

Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring (supersedes Safety Notice SN:008/07)

4 Oct 07

SN:013/07

Extravasation of IV fluids: Care of the cannula site in neonates and children

21 Sep 07

SA:003/07

Medtronic SynchroMed ® EL Implantable Pump - Neurological drug delivery pumps

12 Sep 07

SI:001/07

Alcohol-Based Hand Cleansers and Fire (Has been superseded by Safety Information SI: 001/11)

27 Jun 07

SN:008/07

Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring (Has been superseded by Safety Notice SA:004/07)

8 May 07

SA:002/07

Communicaton Systems

9 May 07

SA:001/07

Fine Bore Nasogastric Feeding Tubes

3 May 07

SN:006/07

Warfarin (revised)
NIMC amended to include warfarin dose time in administrator field. For each day of therapy, record the “most recent INR result as per current therapeutic plan”,

12 Apr 07
(revised 18 Jan 08)

SN:004/07

Shower Curtain and Curtain Tracks in Mental Health Facilities

28 Mar 07

SN:003/07

Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD) Transmission During High Risk Surgical Procedures
(“dorsal route ganglia” amended to read "dorsal root ganglia" - updated 20 Mar 07)

19 Mar 07
(revised 20 Mar 07)

SN:005/06

Safe Use of Fentanyl Skin Patches
(Web address for Analgesic Skin Patches publication updated on 22 February 2007)

23 Oct 06
(revised
22 Feb 07)

SN:003/06

Peiron Stent fracture in renal arteries

Oct 06

SN:002/06

Cleaning of flexible endoscopes (reprocessing) (Web address for Infection Control Policy updated on 26 February 2007)

Sep 06
(revised 26 Feb 07)

SI:001/06

Alaris SE pumps recall, Filshie Clip System, peanut allergies, Bisphosphonates medications
(Web address for NSW Health peanut allergy publication updated on 23 March 2007)

8 Sep 06
(revised 23 Mar 07)

SA:004/06

Safe Use of Vincristine

8 Sep 06

SA:002/06

superseded by 04/06


SA:003/06

Ultravist-370

4 Aug 06

SN:001/06

Guidant Implantable Pacemakers

9 Feb 06

SA:001/06

Baxter Infusion Pumps

8 Feb 06

Page Updated: Friday 24 January 2014