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The Emergency Care Society of South Africa (ECSSA) is a professional society and non-profit organisation representing pre-hospital emergency care workers in South Africa. Although organised pre-hospital emergency care has been present in South Africa since the 1970s, there has never been a society dedicated solely to pursuing the wellbeing of patients in this environment, nor the professional interests of those caring for them. ECSSA aims to fulfil this role.

Officially launched in 2010, after initial formation and development in 2009, ECSSA has begun to move beyond this formative phase. The second Pre-hospital Emergency Care Conference was held in Johannesburg in September 2011, under the auspices of ECSSA. Additionally, the Society launced a quarterly publication (accessible from this site) called Sanguine in 2011. Future efforts for the consolidation of ECSSA include growing membership, developing regional activities, interfacing more effectively with other emergency care-related organisations and formulation of position statements in a variety of pre-hospital emergency care practices, among others.

As ECSSA evolves, so too will the content and functionality of this website. Please add to your favourites list and visit us often as this will be our primary means of communicating news, updates, publications and information on conferences in the future. If you are not already a member, please join ECSSA by clicking on the 'Membership' item in the menu above.


| News Update |

A news update on various ECSSA matters is available by clicking here.

| EMSSA/ECSSA 2017 Conference |

This year ECSSA will be co-hosting a conference with the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa (EMSSA) to be held at the Sun City Resort from 2-5 October 2017. Visit the conference website for full details.


ECSSA is well on the way to launching its peer-reviewed scientific journal, the South African Journal of Pre-hospital Emergency Care (SAJPEC). This will be the first local peer reviewed journal dedicated to pre-hospital emergency care. SAJPEC will be open access and will not require authors to pay article processing charges. We are in the final stages of setting up the journal website and hope to publish the first SAJPEC articles online by the middle of 2017.

| CPD Questionnaire Update |

Please keep checking regulalrly for new CPD questionnaires in the member area of the website. New questionnaires are released regularly and are based on selected open access published articles.

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