Safety Alerts & Newsflashes 

See the Royal College of Emergency Medicine's safety alerts and browse external newsflash alerts regarding Emergency Medicine below. 

Safety Alerts and News

This page has links to recent alerts on equipment faults, high risk procedures etc, as well as other safety organisations. Please contact if you hear of additional topics that should be on this page.

See all RCEM issued safety newsflashes here or use the grey tab above.

Central Alerting System

The Central Alerting System (CAS) is a web-based cascading system for issuing patient safety alerts, important public health messages and other safety critical information and guidance to the NHS and others, including independent providers of health and social care.
  • Central Alerting System website 

Patient Safety Alerts 
Links to NHS England, MHRA and Public Health England patient safety alerts can be found below:

MHRA Drug Safety Bulletin

All Drug Safety Alerts can be viewed on the MHRA website. Selected MDAs sent by the MHRA for circulation to RCEM members are listed below:

Other Drug Alerts

Product Update Information- DEXAMETHASONE

Dexamethasone 3.8 mg/ml solution for injection (marketed by Aspen Pharma Trading Limited) is replacing Dexamethasone 4 mg/ml Injection (marketed by Organon Laboratories Limited) with changes to concentration, storage conditions and presentation.


From 01 October 2014, once all residual stock of Dexamethasone 4 mg/ml Injection is exhausted, all new orders will be supplied as Dexamethasone 3.8 mg/ml solution for injection. 
The re-formulation has resulted in important changes to:
  • Concentration
  • Storage conditions
  • Presentation

For a full description of the new product information, please visit the electronic medicines compendium (eMC) website

Medical Device Alerts

All Medical Device Alerts (MDA) can be viewed on the MHRA website hereSelected MDAs sent by the MHRA for circulation to RCEM members are listed below:







Safe Anaesthesia Liason Group

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