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Safety & quality: OVERVIEW

This guide contains resources and information to complement those on the ANZCA Safety and Quality webpage.  

NSQHS standards - live literature searches

These PubMed live searches provide updated results for 11 topics aligned to the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. They have been developed, tested and endorsed as part of the HeLiNS (Health Libraries for the National Standards) Research Project, a joint initiative of HLA and HLI (Health Libraries Inc).


  • Searches have been created by a librarian with expertise in searching for evidence on health.
  • Aimed at clinicians working in Australian hospitals who wish to find evidence to support best practice in line with Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

The searches: 

WebsiteAdvance care planning

WebsiteBlood management

WebsiteClinical handover


WebsiteDeteriorating patient

WebsiteFalls prevention

WebsiteInfection prevention

WebsiteMedical safety

WebsitePartnering with consumers

WebsitePressure injuries

WebsiteWound management

Additional information about the searches and advanced options/tips can be accessed here:

Stop before you block

Stop before you block

Stop Before You Block (SB4YB) is an initiative that started at Nottingham University Hospital in 2010 following a series of inadvertent wrong-sided nerve blocks. Below are some resources for anaesthesia departments to use in in the operating theatre and for educational purposes, and to help individual anaesthetists to take part in the “Stop before you block” campaign, supported by ANZCA. More information can be found here. 

In keeping with its dedication to safety and quality of care for the community, ANZCA has established a Safety and Quality Committee to assist the ANZCA Council in advancing this mission.

More information about this can be found on the Safety and Quality webpage on the ANZCA website

Safety alerts

Safety alerts are published in each edition of the monthly ANZCA E-Newsletter and the quarterly ANZCA Bulletin, and information/alerts to keep you up to date are available form the Safety Alerts page on the ANZCA website

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