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16 December 2011
After several months of design and development, the new ECSSA website
has finally gone live. Although you will notice a vast difference from the
previous temporary site (a "placeholder"after the conference in September 2011), we do not intend
for the new site to remain static for long periods.
The ECCSA website will now become the primary channel through which the Society communicates
with its members and others with an interest in emergency care. Important information about ECSSA
events, news and conferences will be posted here and updated regularly. Additionally, access to the
Society's quarterly journal Sanguine will be provided via this site. Sanguine is currently
accessible to anyone on this site and via ISSUU. However, this
will change in the new year with only ECSSA members having access. Keep checking on the Sanguine page
of this website later in 2012 for more information.
Another noteworthy plan in place for 2012 is the rollout of an on-line CPD questionaire system. The idea is that
in each issue of Sanguine there will be a multiple-choice questionnaire based upon one or more of the articles
in the same issue. ECSSA members will be able to log in to the ECSSA website with a membership number and password
and access this questionnaire online. Once answers have been provided, the CPD system will calculate a mark and
based upon a pre-determined cutoff (e.g. 70%) a a number of CPD points will be awarded and an online certificate
in PDF format will be available for download or printing. As you can well imagine, such a system is quite complicated
and will take a while to implement, test and release. However this is one of the Society's main objectives for 2012
and we are serious about rolling it out as soon as possible. This service will only be available for ECSSA members.
16 December 2011
The reporting of all pre-hospital rapid sequence intubation (RSI) attempts performed by Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs)
is a requirement set out by the Professional Board for Emergency Care (PBEC) at the Health Professions Council of SA. According
to this requirement, a record of all RSI attempts must be stored in a National RSI Registry.
Although such a reporting system can, and has, been implemented on a "fax and paper" basis, the need has been identified
for a more easily accessible and usable system, and one that is based upon a standard set of variables describing each RSI
event. The PBEC will be releasing such a system for use by ECPs early in 2012. The National RSI Registry will be available
online and will offer a secure means of uploading and storing RSI-related data. A core dataset has been determined, based
mainly upon the US National Association of EMS Physicians standardised reporting of airway interventions dataset. ECPs can
either enter their RSI data directly into the Registry online, or alternatively a downloadable RSI form can be used to
write down the data at the point-of-care. This can then be entered online later, at a convenient time.
A procedure has been formulated that allows for access to the accumulated RSI data by organisations wishing to audit this
as part of a clinical governance programme (this naturally only applies to ECPs within their own clinical governance
programme). Additionally, a mechanism will exist for researchers to access accumualted RSI
data provided this is done within the framework of an academically and ethically approved research proposal. In all cases,
permissions for access will be managed by the PBEC and will be subject to the strictest patient and practitioner
The PBEC has made it clear that assessment of the quality of pre-hospital RSI is essential for any emergency service employing
ECPs who perform this procedure. The only way that this can be done is to have access to valid and reliable data on each RSI
event. The National RSI Registry is a first for South Africa and will no doubt be instrumental in contributing towards enhanced
patient safety and our ability to determine the effectiveness of this intervention.
RSI Registry Complete
29 February 2012
Software development of the RSI registry has been completed. Final
implementation of the registry and notification of its terms and conditions of
use will be subject to the HPCSA's Professional Board for Emergency Care.
20 April 2012
In order to grow ECSSA membership and enable a more coherent "grass roots" presence of the
Society, we will be embarking on a process of establishing Chapters, beginning in the second
half of 2012.
A Chapter is a a sub-unit of the Society's structure which exists at a local or regional
level, representing members in a well-defined geographic area. We believe that for the Society
to have relevance and meaning to its members on a day-to-day basis there must be some kind
of local or regional cohesion and interest, rather than just a Board of Directors and members
who end up wondering what ECSSA does for them. The establishment of Chapters is a an important
way of getting smaller groups of professionals to "own" ECSSA in their region and drive ECSSA-related
activities in the direction that they choose (subject to the Society's Constitution and policies).
Naturally, Chapters require structure and accountability otherwise they will probably be
short-lived. We are currently in the final stages of writing a policy on the establishment and
administration of ECSSA Chapters that will clearly set out how Chapters are established and how
they are run. In doing this, we believe that we have balanced the need for accountability (which
all members have a right to expect from ECSSA) with the need for flexibility.
So watch this space over the next few months. We will be communicating these details on the
website and directly to members. We would like to identify interested people (who will have to
be ECSSA members) to establish and drive Chapters in the larger centres (such as Johannesburg,
Durban, Cape Town and Bloemfontein for example) by the end of September 2012.