Choosing Wisely

In 2016, a working group from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and The College of Intensive Care Medicine developed, refined and published five recommendations to reduce the number of unnecessary tests and interventions performed in intensive care as part of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative.

Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society: 5 Things

Rapid Response Systems

In 2016, a working group from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and The College of Intensive Care Medicine developed a joint position statement to provide clarity for the intensive care community in the current and future practice of Rapid Response Systems for the deteriorating patient.

Joint Position Statement on RRS in Australian and New Zealand and the Roles of Intensive Care

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.

ANZICS Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy Consensus Statement​​​

To provide feedback please email ANZICS.

Sustainability Toolkit

Launch of the ANZICS Sustainability Toolkit at the ANZICS/ACCCN ASM  A-beginners-guide-to-Sustainability-in-the-ICU

The ANZICS beginners guide to sustainability toolkit is designed to address the issue of climate change with healthcare being a significant contributor to global pollution.  The aim of this toolkit is to tackle these challenges by providing practical solutions that intensive care and critical care units can introduce to reduce carbon emissions whilst improving the health of our population.  The sustainability toolkit for intensive care collates ideas and actions that healthcare workers can do to deal with this problem.  The toolkit provides practical actions for healthcare workers, whether they are doctors, nurses, or any other allied healthcare professional and the role they can play to reduce waste in their unit.

Useful Safety & Quality Links

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare

Australian Sepsis Network (ASN)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Patient Safety Manual

College of Intensive Care Medicine – Professional Documents

Hand Hygiene Australia

Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) – Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit

Intensive Care NSW

NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

NSW Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)

Queensland Health Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention

Tasmanian Infection and Prevention and Control Unit (TIPCU)

UK National Health Service (NHS)

Victorian Department of Health & Human Services


Rapid Response Systems and Patient Safety & Quality Conference Slides: Darwin 2023

RRS: Current issues and future interventions

Health Economics Considerations for Rapid Response Systems

Oral Call4 Concern

Training ward staff: Tech, teams & Tim Tams

Elective surgery and ICU utilisation: How well are we matched

The National Approach in NZ

Using AI to Predict Deteriorating Patients

Continuous Monitoring

Practical environmental sustainability achievements in the Western Health ICUs

ANZICS PPP study and next steps – How much do we throw away in the Intensive Care Unit? An observational point prevalence study of Australian and New Zealand ICUs

Free Papers:

Tapan Parikh aka Parmar

Filip Haegdorens

Rebecca Rowley

Amy Sanguesa

Sumati Ahuja

Andrea Doric

Heather Cook

Holly Losurdo

Thomas Frawley

Annette Horton