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These notifications are no longer valid and have been archived, please refer to the active SABS for current items.

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

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

NumberTypeIssues coveredDate of issueDate archived
SN:018/22 Safety Notice (Amber) Updated: Transvaginal mesh implants for PelvicOrgan (Vaginal) Prolapse
24 October 20221 February 2023
SI:001/23
Safety Information Green Potential for error: look-alike fentanyl and suxamethonium Juno® ampoules
27 January 202331 January 2023
SN:006/09 Safety Notice Amber Wrong Route Errors with Oral Medication 25 March 200931 January 2023​
SN:005/21 Safety Notice (Amber) HYDROmorphone (Dilaudid®) Oral Liquid 1 mg/mL – Discontinued17 March 202131 January 2023​
​SA:009/22
Safety Alert Red DEFECT ALERT: Computerised Ambulatory Delivery Device (CADD) pumps.
23 December 2022​12 January 2023​
SI:011/22
Safety Information Green Philips Respironics CPAP and bi-level masks containing magnets 25 November 202216 December 2022
SA:002/22 Safety Alert Red Increased risk of presentation of Japanese encephalitis 28 Feburary 202216 December 2022
SN:003/06 Safety Notice Amber Peiron stent fracture in renal arteriesOctober 2006
​28 November 2022
SN:003/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) 1 March 2021
​11 November 2022
​SN:019/22 Safety Notice (Amber) New recommendations for anticancer drug dosing in kidney dysfunction – ADDIKD guideline​27 October 2022​4 November 2022
SN:018/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Myocarditis and pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines
18 August 20214 November 2022
SN:008/22 Safety Notice (Amber) Disruption to supply – non-ionic iodinated contrast media agents18 July 202227 October 2022
SN:015/17 Safety Notice Amber Transvaginal mesh implants for Pelvic Organ (Vaginal) Prolapse (Supersedes SN:010/17)
20 December 201724 October 2022
SA:005/22 Safety Alert Red Critical disruption to supply – tenecteplase (Metalyse®) injection - Updated1 September 20225 October 2022
SN:012/22 Safety Notice (Amber) Quarantine required – glass vials supplied with ANSTO Tc-99m generators23 September 202228 September 2022
SN:014/21 Safety Notice (Amber) 25C-NBOMe toxicity in patients who used powder thought to be MDMA2 July 202131 August 2022
SN:011/20 Safety Notice (Amber) Heroin and cocaine containing fentanyl and acetylfentanyl26 November 202031 August 2022
SN:009/20 Safety Notice (Amber) Acetylfentanyl and fentanyl in non-opioid illicit drugs16 October 202031 August 2022
SI:001/12 Safety Information Green Antenatal magnesium sulphate infusion prior to preterm birth for neuroprotection of the foetus infant and child4 May 201231 August 2022
SN:003/07 Safety Notice Amber Creutzfeldt - Jacob Disease (CJD) Transmission During High Risk Surgical Procedures(“dorsal route ganglia” amended to read "dorsal root ganglia" - updated 20 March 07)19 March 2007 (revised 20 March 2007)5 September 2022
SN:004/07 Safety Notice Amber Shower Curtain and Curtain Tracks in Mental Health Facilities 28 March 20075 September 2022
SI:001/09 Safety Information Green Drager Oxylog 2000 Transport Ventilator8 January 20095 September 2022
SA:001/09 Safety Alert Red PEEP Valve, Expiration Diverter Assembly 13 February 20095 September 2022
SA:003/09 Safety Alert Red Draeger Medical Babylog 8000 Plus Neonatal Ventilator26 June 20095 September 2022
SN:014/09 Safety Notice Amber Retained or Broken Orthopaedic Surgical Equipment in Patients 9 July 20095 September 2022
SA:008/11 Safety Alert Red Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia (PJP) in transplant patients19 December 20115 September 2022
SI:002/12 Safety Information Green Measles Outbreak 31 August 20125 September 2022
SA:002/17 Safety Alert Red Insufflator Gas Connectors 12 January 20175 September 2022
SN:001/17 Safety Notice Amber Vaccine cold chain management in NSW Facilities 2 February 20175 September 2022
SN:011/17 Safety Notice Amber Disposable Ventilator Catheter Mounts Failure29 September 20175 September 2022
SI:001/18 Safety Information Green ABO Compatibility for Blood Products in an Emergency19 June 20185 September 2022
SN:015/18 Safety Notice Amber Parietex composite parastomal mesh hazard alert and recall9 November 20185 September 2022
SN:017/18 Safety Notice Amber Printing the correct ECG for patients Correction to Para 2: QLD Health27 November 20185 September 2022
SN:018/18 Safety Notice Amber Newborn Self-Inflating Bag (SIB) resuscitators27 November 20185 September 2022
SA:001/20 Safety Alert Red LIFEPAK® 15 Monitor/Defibrillator defect correction - 202014 January 20205 September 2022
SN:008/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Medtronic Covidien DAR™ airway products – Deviation in sterilisation processing29 April 20215 September 2022
SI:006/21 Safety Information Green Patient identity checks before administration of blood products21 June 20215 September 2022
SA:001/22 Safety Alert Red FOOD RECALL Elecare, Similac and Alimentum infant formula 21 Feburary 20225 September 2022
SA:004/22 Safety Alert Red Critical disruption to supply – tenecteplase (Metalyse®) injection3 August 20221 September 2022
SA:002/21 Safety Alert Red Urgent stock preservation of tocilizumab injections for COVID-19 patients required31 August 202129 July 2022
SA:001/21 Safety Alert Red Critical disruption to the supply of tocilizumab 9 August 202129 July 2022
SN:008/20 Safety Notice (Amber) Illicit supply of counterfeit alprazolam (Updated)9 September 202028 July 2022
SN:015/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Philips Sound Abatement Foam on selected sleep and respiratory devices – Product Defect Correction 5 July 202127 July 2022
SA:003/22 Safety Alert Red Critical disruption to supply - Non-ionic iodinated contrast media agents17 May 202218 July 2022
SN:001/22 Safety Notice (Amber) Avoiding thrombophlebitis with intravenous amiodarone4 March 202218 July 2022
SN:024/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Ensuring the safe and appropriate use of casirivimab and imdevimab7 December 202113 July 2022
SN:020/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Remdesivir 100mg injection –disruption to supply9 September 202113 July 2022
SN:004/22 Safety Notice (Amber) ‘Sterile Theatre Pack’ formulations of lignocaine (lidocaine) with adrenaline (epinephrine) and bupivacaine with adrenaline (epinephrine) injection disruption to supply13 May 202207 June 2022
SN:004/17 Safety Notice Amber Infection post cardiopulmonary bypass associated with heater-cooler devices (Supersedes SN:007/16)3 March 201723 May 2022
SN:001/16 Safety Notice Amber Changes to Medicine Ingredient Names - April 2016 to April 2020 9 May 20164 May 2022
SI:003/09 Safety Information Green Varenicline (CHAMPIX)-Serious Psychiatric Side Effects29 May 20094 May 2022
SN:004/08 Safety Notice Amber Oxycodone (Revised) Poster: Solid Oral Morphine and Oxycodone Products for Pain Relief16 May 20084 May 2022
SA:002/14 Safety Alert Red Potential bacterial contamination of propofol Update: Quarantine of Provive and Sandoz propofol all sizes and batches lifted2 May 2014, 15 July 201410 March 2022
SI:001/06 Safety Information Green Alaris SE pumps recall, Filshie Clip System, peanut allergies, Bisphosphonates medications8 September 2006 (revised 23 March 2007)9 March 2022
SN:005/06 Safety Notice Amber Safe Use of Fentanyl Skin Patches23 Octobter 2006 (revised 22 February 2007)9 March 2022
SN:003/13 Safety Notice Amber Voluven and Volulyte (hydroxyethyl starch)5 September 20139 March 2022
SA:001/17 Safety Alert Red HYDROmorphone: High-risk medicine (Supersedes SA:004/11 and SN:011/10)10 January 20179 March 2022
SN:010/19 Safety Notice Amber Heparin sodium injection 5000 units/0.2mL - disruption to supply5 August 20199 March 2022
SN:011/19 Safety Notice (Amber) Benzylpenicillin injection – disruption to supply14 August 20199 March 2022
SN:014/19 Safety Notice (Amber) Ranitidine – Product Recall4 October 2019 9 March 2022
SN:009/16 Safety Notice Amber Avoiding thrombophlebitis with intravenous amiodarone(Supersedes Safety Notice 003/09 issued on 11 February 2009)

29 September 2016 (revised 10 February 2017)

3 March 2022
SN:003/09 Safety Notice Amber Intravenous Amiodarone11 February 20099 February 2017
SN:008/09 Safety Notice Amber Insertion of intraocular lensRecommended intraocular lens insertion process(To be read in conjunction with SN: 008/09)31 March 20094 January 2022
SA:003/17 Safety Alert Red Infection from contaminated ultrasound gel 12 May 20174 January 2022
SA:001/18 Safety Alert Red Vaccine storage and cold chain management9 February 20184 January 2022
SN:009/09 Safety Notice Amber Acute Coronary Syndrome 28 April 20094 January 2022
SA:002/09 Safety Alert Red Guidewire Alert16 June 20094 January 2022
SN:018/09 Safety Notice Amber Reducing Incidents Involving Tracheostomy Tube CareTo be read in conjunction with SN: 018/09PD2006-098 - Tracheostomy - Unavoidable early (<72 hours) Tracheostomy Tube change16 September 20094 January 2022
SA:006/09 Safety Alert Red Emergency/ Arrest Buttons 4 November 20094 January 2022
SA:001/10 Safety Alert Red RECALL of Unomedical - Endotracheal Tubes8 January 20104 January 2022
SA:002/10 Safety Alert Red RECALL of Breathing Systems with Intersurgical #1986 Connector13 January 20104 January 2022
SN:004/10 Safety Notice Amber Important Changes to Medical Gas Cylinders(Superseded by Safety Notice 010/16 issued on 10 October 2016) 22 April 20104 January 2022
SI:003/13 Safety Information Green 25l-NBOMe Potent hallucinogenic substance in NSW 4 December 2013 (revised 19 December 2013)4 January 2022
SN:004/14 Safety Notice Amber Removal of Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD) 12 August 20144 January 2022
SN:008/16 Safety Notice Amber Comfort impregnated cloth topical skin products: potential for bacterial contamination 20 September 20164 January 2022
SN:011/16 Safety Notice Amber Povidone Iodine for pre-operative antisepsis – Disruption to supply 8 November 2016 (revised 21 November 2016)4 January 2022
SN:013/16 Safety Notice Amber Implantable cardiac defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator devices 18 November 20164 January 2022
SN:004/19 Safety Notice (Amber) JJM Intraluminal Proximate Circular Stapler (ILS)4 April 2019 4 January 2022
SN:020/18 Safety Notice Amber Salem Sump Nasogastric Tube Shortage14 December 20184 January 2022
SN:013/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Changes to COVID-19 vaccine access and indications (updated)1 July 202116 November 2021
SA:003/06 Safety Alert Red Ultravist-370 4 August 20063 November 2021
SN:001/06 Safety Notice Amber Guidant Implantable Pacemakers 9 February 20063 November 2021
SN:002/06 Safety Notice Amber Cleaning of flexible endoscopes (reprocessing)(Web address for Infection Control Policy updated on 26 February 2007)September 2006 (revised 26 February 2007)3 November 2021
SA:003/07 Safety Alert Red Medtronic SynchroMed® EL Implantable Pump - Neurological drug delivery pumps12 September 20073 November 2021
SI:001/07 Safety Information Green Alcohol-Based Hand Cleansers and Fire(Has been superseded by Safety Information SI: 001/11)27 June 20073 November 2021
SN:008/07 Safety Notice Amber Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring(Has been superseded by Safety Notice SA:004/07)8 May 20073 November 2021
SA:002/07 Safety Alert Red Communication Systems9 May 20073 November 2021
SA:001/07 Safety Alert Red Fine Bore Nasogastric Feeding Tubes 3 May 20073 November 2021
SN:013/07 Safety Notice Amber Extravasation of IV fluids: Care of the cannula site in neonates and children 21 September 20073 November 2021
SA:004/07 Safety Alert Red Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring(Supersedes Safety Notice SN:008/07)4 October 20073 November 2021
SN:002/08 Safety Notice Amber Pulmonary Embolism: Diagnosis in Young People 29 January 20083 November 2021
SA:001/08 Safety Alert Red Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Lines 10 October 20083 November 2021
SA:002/08 Safety Alert Red Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line - Arrow 3 FG Brand(Suspension lifted 24 Dec 08)13 October 20083 November 2021
SA:002/08 Safety Alert Red Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Lines(Supersedes Safety Alert SA:001/08)13 October 20083 November 2021
SI:003/08 Safety Information Green Whooping Cough 3 December 20083 November 2021
SN:012/08 Safety Notice Amber Autonomic Dysreflexia16 December 20083 November 2021
SN:007/09 Safety Notice Amber Nasogastric Feeding Tubes for Infants and Children(Revised)27 March 20093 November 2021
SN:014/10 Safety Notice Amber Autonomic Dysreflexia(Supersedes Safety Notice 014/10 issued on 26 October 2010)1 November 20103 November 2021
SI:001/11 Safety Information Green Safe Use of Alcohol Based Skin Preparations for Surgical and Anaesthetic Procedures(Supersedes Safety Information SI: 001/07 issued on 27 June 2007)7 October 20113 November 2021
SA:001/12 Safety Alert Red Product Recall CSL Human Albumin 08 March 20123 November 2021
SA:002/12 Safety Alert Red Product Recall - CSL Human Albumin - Batches Released from Quarantine (Albumex 4, Albumex 20)15 Mar 20123 November 2021
SA:001/16 Safety Alert Red Product Recall Catheters with Beacon Tip Technology 6 May 20163 November 2021
SN:005/17 Safety Notice Amber Povidone-Iodine (PVI) Use in NSW Hospitals19 April 201719 August 2021
SN:004/21 Safety Notice Amber Identification of Post-Injection Syndrome Olanzapine Pamoate Long Acting Injection2 March 20219 August 2021
SA:001/19 Safety Alert Red enFlow Fluid Warmers - Risk of Aluminium toxicity13 March 20197 July 2021
SN:019/09 Safety Notice Amber Managing Pigtail Drains Safely 8 October 20097 July 2021
SN:011/21 Safety Notice (Amber) Changes to COVID-19 vaccine indications23 May 20211 July 2021
SN:003/17 Safety Notice Amber Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets - disruption to supply(Supersedes SN:002/16) 8 February 201720 May 2021
SA:004/17 Safety Alert Red HYDROmorphone (high-risk medicine): Changes to Dilaudid® injectable preparations28 July 201720 May 2021
SN:002/17 Safety Notice Amber Identification of Post-Injection Syndrome Olanzapine Pamoate Long Acting Injection8 February 20172 March 2021
SN:021/18 Safety Notice Amber Discontinuation of nifedipine (twice daily products) and patient safety risks with alternative18 December 201818 January 2021
SN:007/20 Safety Notice Amber Illicit supply of counterfeit alprazolam16 July 20209 September 2020
SN:006/19 Safety Notice Amber Fentanyl 100 microg/2 mL injection – disruption to supply15 April 201930 July 2020
SN:005/19 Safety Notice Amber Lignocaine with adrenaline 1:200,000 injections – Disruption to supply and risk of patient harm8 April 201930 July 2020
SN:002/19 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate 30mg/ml injection - disruption to supply(Supersedes SN:007/18)15 February 201930 July 2020
SN:001/19 Safety Notice Amber Thiopental injection (Pentothal®) disruption to supply17 January 201930 July 2020
SN:016/18 Safety Notice Amber Abnormalities with Suboxone 2/0.5 mg film20 November 201830 July 2020
SN:011/18 Safety Notice Amber New formulation: Phenytoin (Dilantin®) capsules15 August 201830 July 2020
SI:003/11 Safety Information Green Safe Storage of Accountable Medicines 29 November 201130 July 2020
SA:005/09 Safety Alert Red Relenza (zanamivir) Inhalation Powder Safety Advisory21 October 200930 July 2020
SA:001/06 Safety Alert Red Baxter Infusion Pumps 8 February 200630 July 2020
SI:003/14 Safety Information Green The Risk of Toxicity from Topical Anaesthetic Products 18 September 201422 May 2020
SN:013/11 Safety Alert Red Management of medication for patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) 7 November 201110 March 2020
SN:001/18 Safety Notice Amber Midazolam injection 5 mg/5 mL shortage and risk of error 5 January 20188 July 2019
SN:012/17 Safety Notice Amber Intravenous piperacillin-tazobactam – Disruption to supply20 October 20178 July 2019
SN:008/17 Safety Notice Amber DILAUDID® (HYDROmorphone) Oral Liquid 1 mg/mL – Disruption to Supply6 June 20178 July 2019
SN:006/17 Safety Notice Amber Dantrium (dantrolene sodium) Powder for Injection vials - Disruption to Supply5 April 20178 July 2019
SN:014/16 Safety Notice Amber Melphalan powder for intravenous infusion - Disruption to supply15 December 20168 July 2019
SN:012/16 Safety Notice Amber Aciclovir intravenous infusion preparations – Disruption to supply14 November 2016 (revised 13 December 2016) 8 July 2019
SA:002/16 Safety Alert Red Vancomycin Intravenous preparations – Disruption to supply8 December 2016 (revised 20 December 2016)8 July 2019
SN:001/15 Safety Notice Amber Suxamethonium Chloride Injection BP 100mg in 2ml - Disruption to Supply11 March 20158 July 2019
SN:002/14 Safety Notice Amber Newer Oral Anticoagulants (Update) 24 March 20148 July 2019
SI:002/14 Safety Information Green PROPOFOL - importance of aseptic technique and safe administration practices 26 August 20148 July 2019
SN:001/12 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate injection 10mg/mL ampoules supply changes and toxicity issues17 December 20128 July 2019
SN:014/11 Safety Notice Amber Newer Oral Anticoagulants 9 November 20118 July 2019
SN:009/17 Safety Notice Amber High Concentration Insulin Products5 September 201724 June 2019
SN:007/18 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate 5 mg/1 mL and 10 mg/1 mL injection shortages(Supersedes SN:004/18)25 May 201815 February 2019
SN:014/18 Safety Notice Amber Medical Gas Adaptor29 October 20181 November 2018
SN:004/18 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate injection 5 mg/1 mL shortage and risk of error22 February 201825 February 2018
SN:007/17 Safety Notice Amber Etoposide preparations - Disruption to Supply2 May 201729 November 17
SA:003/16 Safety Alert Red Intravenous Metronidazole – Disruption to supply9 December 201624 February 2017
SN:007/16 Safety Notice Amber Surgical site infections associated with heater cooler devices4 August 20167 March 2017
SN:006/16 Safety Notice Amber Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) powder for injection vials and Vepesid (etoposide) capsules - Disruption to Supply27 July 20162 May 2017
SN:002/16 Safety Notice Amber Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets 3 June 20168 February 2017
SN:003/14 Safety Notice Amber Potassium Chloride BP 10mmol/10mL ampoules disruption to supplyNote: disruption to supply extended.4 August 201421 December 2016
SN:004/13 Safety Notice Amber Sodium BiCarbonate intravenous infusion BP 8.4% 100ml shortage4 September 201321 December 2016
SA:001/13 Safety Alert Red Risks associated with WockhardtTM morphine sulfate injection 10mg/mL (preserved) ampoules1 May 201321 December 2016
SA:005/12 Safety Alert Red Recall Ventolin & Asmol Inhalers - 10 batches 24 December 201221 December 2016
SN:011/11 Safety Notice Amber Recall of activated Drotrecogin alfa (Xigris)26 October 201121 December 2016
SN:007/11 Safety Notice Amber BenPen™ (Benzylpenicillin)28 September 201121 December 2016
SA:007/11 Safety Alert Red Caelyx®pegylated liposomal doxorubicin 20mg and 50mg5 December 201121 December 2016
SA:006/11 Safety Alert Red Supply of Minijet® injections7 October 201121 December 2016
SA:004/11 Safety Alert Red HYDROmorphone: High-risk analgesic 21 April 201110 January 2017
SA:003/11 Safety Alert Red Pneumovax ®23 Injection Advice against Revaccination18 April 201121 December 2016
SA:002/11 Safety Alert Red Recall of Pneumovax ®23 Injection (pneumococcal polyvalent, MSD 0.5ml Vial AUST R 10507; CSL code 0786100110 pack vials) Batch No. N3336, expiry date 22 June 201125 March 201121 December 2016
SN:011/10 Safety Notice Amber Medication Incidents Involving Hydromorphone (Opioid)(To be read in conjunction with SA:004/11)14 September 2010 (revised 16 September 2010)10 January 2017
SA:006/10 Safety Alert Red Recall of Sitaxentan (Thelin)10 December 201021 December 2016
SA:005/10 Safety Alert Red Extreme Caution - Esmolol hydrochloride 2500mg in 10ml for injection25 June 201021 December 2016
SA:007/09 Safety Alert Red Recall of Cefazolin Sandoz BATCH AH 5067 6 November 200921 December 2016
SA:004/09 Safety Alert Red New Version of Adult National Inpatient Medication Chart [NIMC] - SMR140 16 September 200921 December 2016
SN:008/08 Safety Notice Amber Clexane16 May 200821 December 2016
SI:002/08 Safety Information Green Zolpidem (“Stilnox”)19 June 20088 February 2018
SI:001/08 Safety Information Green Paracetamol4 June 20088 February 2018
SN:006/07 Safety Notice Amber Warfarin (revised) 12 April 2007(revised 18 January 2008)8 February 2018
SA:004/06 Safety Alert Red Safe Use of Vincristine8 February 20068 February 2018


Current as at: Wednesday 1 February 2023