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 www.ecssa.org.za 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.
| ECSSA 2016 Conference |
The ECSSA 2016 Conference was held on 22-23 September 2016 in Cape Town. Once again, this conference was a great success
with very good attendance, great presentations and robust debate. Watch this space for an annoucement about ECSSA's next
| Sanguine |
ECSSA's Board of Directors has decided to launch a peer-reviewed scientific journal in 2016. Because
of this ECSSA will no longer be publishing Sanguine in its current form. In the place of Sanguine (and
with the same name) the Society will be circulating a bi-annual newsletter. Updates of progress with both
projects (the journal and the newsletter) will be posted here as we progress towards these two objectives.
| 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,
articles in Sanguine or the fundamentals of descriptive research webinars.