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Safety & quality: Other resources

This page contains educational resources that are related to the area of Safety and Quality.

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:


webAIRS is aweb-based anaesthetic incident reporting system available to all anaesthetic departments in Australia and New Zealand. The system was developed by the Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee (ANZTADC).

Resource library from ACSQHC

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has a Resource library, which can be filtered by resource type and year of publication.

Visit the Resource library here.

Patientsafe Blog

Patientsafe has been created, composed primarily of frontline healthcare staff who understand and have an interest in patient safety. Their mission is to identify patient safety hazards and implement the most effective sustainable solutions. They do this through the use of human factors engineering and involving interested parties.

Patientsafe communicate closely with experts from human factors, marketing, and senior bodies in healthcare. Feedback is encouraged from interested health professionals. Patientsafe has no financial interest with any of the products on this website.

For more information visit, subscribe to their updates, and/or follow them on Twitter@patientsafe3

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.

Safety alerts

Alerts highlighted by ANZCA

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.

Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (UK)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK.

Alerts listed on GOV.UK

The websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies have been merged into GOV.UK. Here you can see all policies, announcements, publications, statistics and consultations. The link below is to their safety alerts resource.

Safety Practices for Interventional Pain Procedures

Safety Practices for Interventional Pain Procedures

These safety practices have been developed by the Spine Intervention Society (SIS)to highlight the important elements in the safe performance of interventional pain procedures. They suggest that adherence to these practices will help decrease the risk of preventable complications.

WebsiteVisit the Safety Practices for Interventional Pain Procedures pageon the SIS website for access to the free modules.

For additional information about the indications and technical aspects that yield improved treatment outcomes, there are many resources available through the SIS website, please note many of these are paid access resources.

Patient safety modules

Patient safety modules - Multimedia

AccessAnesthesiology gives access to online modules that provide you with an introduction to the core concepts of patient safety in an interactive and self-paced learning environment. Click on the images above, or this link to access these modules.

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