Critical Care Society’s upcoming refresher course


Intensive Care Unit a very sensitive unit with the need for intricate knowledge.

SA’s finest minds in the field of critical care will come together in July to discuss and debate the imperatives and challenges in the fast-evolving field of ICU medicine.

In recognition of the growing importance of this specialty of medicine and the multi-disciplinary approach required to caring for the critically ill, the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa’s Refresher Course, to be held from the 22nd to the 23rd July 2017 in Cape Town will include topics relevant to the entire spectrum of health professionals involved in ICU – medical, nursing and allied health.

Entitled the ‘A-Z of ICU’, this CPD accredited programme has been carefully constructed to provide delegates with valuable information on the latest scientific and technological advances in the field of Critical Care. Topics covered will range from the practical to the philosophical and ethical.

Programme highlights include:

  • Alternative therapies in ICU
  • Looking ahead to intensive care in 2050
  • Enteric flora – friend or foe: exploring the role of gut microbiome in critical illness
  • Family engagement in critical care
  • ICU acquired dysphagia
  • Gut failure and re-feeding systems
  • Critically assessing levels of oxygen/Hb/sedation
  • Ethics in ICU:
    • Autonomy
    • Justice
    • Communication
    • Consent
  • Questions on use of social media in critical care
  • Optimising functional and quality of life outcomes of ICU
  • End of life care
  • Caring for the carers
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Nosocomial infections in ICU.

These talks will be delivered by the country’s most renowned academics and experts in the field of critical care medicine, including:

  • Professor Guy Richards, Director of The Intensive Care Unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital
  • Prof Dean Gopalan, Head of Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
  • Dr Janet Bell, critical care nurse and Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Anna-Lena du Toit, Chief Dietician at Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Prof Andrew Argent, Medical Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; UCT Dept. of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
  • Prof Mervyn Mer, Principal Physician at the Charlotte Maxexe Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Ivan Joubert, Head of Critical Care at UCT/Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Yolanda Walsh, Nursing Odyssey Programme Manager and member of Best Care…Always! organising committee 2013-2015
  • Prof Marc Mendelson, Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at UCT
  • Prof Brenda Morrow, Physiotherapist and Professor in Division of Paediatric Critical Care, UCT Dept. Paediatrics and Child Health.

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