High-Risk Medicines


HYDROmorphone Safety

Hydromorphone is a potent opioid analgesic used to manage moderate to severe acute or chronic pain. Fatal and near fatal overdose incidents associated with hydromorphone use have been reported within Australia and internationally.

This PowerPoint presentation can be used to provide education to clinicians including nurses, midwives, pharmacists and junior medical officers on strategies to improve safe handling of hydromorphone.


Non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC) are now widely used in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and for the treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in NSW Health facilities. NOACs include dabigatran, (direct thrombin inhibitor), apixaban and rivaroxaban (Factor Xa inhibitors). The term 'DOAC', (Direct Oral Anticoagulant) is also used to describe these medicines.

This PowerPoint presentation can be used to provide introductory education on these medicines to clinicians including nurses, pharmacists and junior medical officers.