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The Emergency Care Society of South Africa NPC (ECSSA) is a professional society and non-profit company 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.


| Research Database |

In an effort to initiate and maintain a repository of South African pre-hospital emergency care research, ECSSA is making available a database (in the form of an Excel spread sheet) listing South African published research (both in peer-reviewed journals and also in the form of dissertations and theses). This list was compiled by Enrico Dippenaar and Edwin Marr for their related scoping review, published in SAJPEC. To access the database, please click here.


ECSSA has launched the South African Journal of Pre-hospital Emergency Care (SAJPEC). SAJPEC is the first local peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pre-hospital emergency care. SAJPEC is open access and will not require authors to pay article processing charges. For more information visit the journal website or have a look at the SAJPEC FAQs.

| CPD Questionnaire Update |

Please keep checking regularly 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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