New Inpatient Pain Network
The Inpatient Pain Network is a clinician led initiative by Dr Mike Foss from Waikato, supported by the NZSA, which aims to connect clinicians and departments across New Zealand to discuss issues and share information on inpatient acute pain care. Essentially it aims to provide New Zealand solutions to New Zealand problems.

In the inaugural event (22 November 2019 at the Jet Park Hotel, Auckland) the Network aims to cover issues relating to adult inpatient pain management and improving Inpatient Pain Services by strengthening cooperation between specialised pain nursing and acute pain physicians. The Network has the consent of the NZ Pain Society, the Faculty of Pain Medicine and the Acute Pain Special Interest Group.  If you are interested in being part of the Network, and/or contributing towards the event, contact Dr Mike Foss Michael.Foss@waikatodhb.health.nz

We offer a discounted rate to NZSA members to attend the event.  Program and registrations here. For queries or assistance with registering, contact Lynne Wood at the NZSA membership@anaesthesia.nz or 04 494-0124.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Chair of the History of Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (HA SIG)
Interested and qualified members are invited to submit an expression of interest for the role of Chair of the History of Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (HA SIG). More details here, including the terms of reference. Applications close 30 August 2019.

Medicines and medical devices shake up
The revision of the Medicines Act (currently being consulted on) is likely to result in a new regulatory body for medicines and medical devices. The Government has also extended PHARMAC’s role as the purchaser of medical devices. What will be the implications for clinicians and patient care? Will the process for regulating devices be onerous and lead to delays in medical device approvals? Who will the regulator be? Health Minister David Clark and Faye Sumner, who represents the Medical Technology Association of NZ, were interviewed about potential ramifications on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon here

Revision WHO Surgical Safety Checklist
The NZSA has been asked to assist with a research project aimed at revising the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC). The project is an international collective effort led by Dr Mary Brindle at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The SSC was created to improve patient safety and decrease complications and mortality after surgery. The checklist performed well in a pilot study but has had variable success in real-life settings. This survey is being undertaken to help develop a new surgical safety tool to reduce surgical complications in high-income countries.  The survey can be completed here and takes 10-15 minutes.

Anaesthetists say patients at risk after flawed oxygen guidelines
Patients may have been placed at risk of serious harm because of flawed advice to administer highly concentrated oxygen after surgery. The concerns relate to World Health Organization guidelines to administer 80% oxygen to patients in the hours after an operation. Read more here

SPANZA endorses one hour clear fluid fasting consensus statement
The Society for Paediatric Anaesthesia of New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA) has examined the APA-ESPA-ADARPEF joint consensus statement on clear fluid fasting in children, and associated special interest article: Thomas M, Morrison C, Newton R, Schindler E. Consensus statement on clear fluids fasting for elective pediatric general anesthesia. Pediatr Anesth. 2018;28:411–414.

SPANZA adds its endorsement to this joint consensus statement agreeing that “based on the current convincing evidence, unless there is a clear contra-indication, it is safe and recommended for all children able to take clear fluids, to be allowed and encouraged to have these fluids up to one hour before elective general anaesthesia.”