​Safety & Quality Resources

Noradrenaline Survey Results and Discussion​

 In 2014, the ANZICS Safety and Quality Committee was asked to investigate the potential patient safety issue of variability in noradrenaline infusion concentrations across Australia and New Zealand.  The Committee survey ICU Directors to determine current practice and seek opinion as to the importance of standardisation​ of noradrenaline infusion concentration as a patient safety issue.

Noradrenaline Survey Results and Discussion

ANZICS Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy Statement​

The ANZICS Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy Consensus Statement was developed by the ANZICS Safety and Quality Committee in 2010. This statement was derived from the results of a survey of the ANZICS Membership. It is considered a guide of current best practice in the area. The statement was updated in 2014 following a review of literature published since the initial statement. ​The Committee strongly encourages feedback on the statement, as it is considered a 'living' document which is available for regular update as new evidence to guide practice in this area becomes available. 

2014 ANZICS Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy Consensus Statement

To provide feedback please send an email to Safety & Quality Executive Officer Jennifer Holmes​.​

Useful Safety & Quality Links

ACI Intensive Care Coordination and Monitoring Unit (ICCMU) http://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/networks/intensive-care

Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) http://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/ ​ ​​ 

CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/index

CDC's Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections http://www.cdc.gov/hicpac/pdf/guidelines/bsi-guidelines-2011.pdf

CDC Patient Safety Manual

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov 

Clinical Excellence Commission (NSW)  http://www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au 

College of Intensive Care Medicine – Guidelines on Quality Improvement


Hand Hygiene Australia http://www.hha.org.au/hha-nhhi.aspx​​

Institute for Healthcare Improvement – Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Glossary http://www.ihi.org/education/IHIOpenSchool/resources/Pages/Tools/QualityImprovementAndPatientSafetyGlossary.aspx

Institute for Healthcare Improvement – IHI Open School 'The Science of Improvement on a Whiteboard!'


National Health Service http://www.nhs.uk/​ 

Queensland Health Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention https://www.health.qld.gov.au/chrisp/default.asp

Tasmanian Infection and Prevention and Control Unit (TIPCU) http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/tasmanian_infection_prevention_and_control_unit

Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) https://www.vicniss.org.au