CCSSA CONGRESS SUNCITY 2017     |    19 -22 October 2017

Welcome & Committee

Dear Colleagues and Friends from the Critical Care Community

The Jacaranda Branch of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa looks forward to you joining us in Sun City for the 2017 National Annual Society Congress.

In the ever-changing world of critical care science, we are progressively recognising the importance of the Precision Medicine paradigm. The quest for better prevention and treatment methods necessitates appreciation of the heterogeneity of individual patients specifically in terms of their unique risk factors that predispose to disease or influence the likelihood of poor outcomes. The meeting will focus on current concepts in critical care and how best the multidisciplinary critical care team can select and implement the most appropriate investigations, monitoring strategies and therapies in a cost-effective manner.

Fourteen international experts have confirmed their participation. We have from the UK, Mervyn Singer addressing key issues in sepsis and invasive monitoring; Zsolt Molnar from Hungary exploring hemodynamic monitoring and the role of hemoadsorption therapies whilst Jason Roberts from Australia will focus on how to optimise antibiotic efficacy and reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance. Jukka Takala from Switzerland will speak to the macro-circulatory response in sepsis as well as how to approach volume resuscitation. Issues related to ECMO will cover a substantive component of the program and we have Mirko Belliato from Italy and Tilman Schwab from Germany who will be actively involved in these sessions including sessions covering mechanical ventilation. Can Ince from the Netherlands will delve into fluids and the concept of personalized medicine. Topical issues in nutrition will be explored by our colleagues from Switzerland, Mette Berger and Remy Meier. Janos Fazakas from Hungary will focus on cytokine removal therapy as well as liver-heart cross talk. Gavin Joynt from Hong Kong will be chairing a round table meeting on triage as well as discussing ethical issues that we regularly face. Ruth Kleinpell from USA will highlight the challenges that we face in our profession as well as discuss strategies that we may use to improve patient outcomes. Kathryn Maitland from the UK will focus on pediatrics and in particular fluid therapy in sepsis as well as management considerations in children with malnourished hearts.

Our national talent will also support the program by addressing key practical, controversial as well as tomorrow’s issues in critical care. The program will be registered for a minimum of 6 ethics points and the format will include state of the art lectures, debates and original research presentations.

Highlights include:
  • Landmark publications from 2017
  • Debates related to controversial issues that we face on a regular basis
  • ECMO considerations in the South African context
  • Applicability of novel therapies and new devices that we have at our disposal
  • What’s new in respiratory and renal medicine
  • Critical Care in the Private sector
  • Ethical and medico-legal considerations in critical care
  • A multitude of Pre-Congress workshops
The comprehensive scientific programme will be complemented by an equally fabulous social programme. It is an ideal opportunity to connect, network and collaborate with local and international experts and members of our multi-professional team as well as our industry partners. For these reasons and many more, I look forward to welcoming you in the spectacular setting of Sun City in October.

Fathima Paruk
Congress Chair

South African Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

On behalf of the South African Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition we are delighted to again join the Critical Care Society of South Africa at their annual congress, this time in Sun City. In line with the congress’ theme of Precision Medicine we will try our best to “Hit the Bullseye” in the nutritional care of critically ill patients with diverse disease conditions. To assist us in taking aim we will have international as well as local experts in nutrition. There will be interesting debates as well as a chance to improve your nutrition knowledge through the European Society for Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN)’s Life Long Learning (LLL) Nutrition Courses and round tables with the international experts.

We therefore look forward to welcome you in Sun City to enhance your nutrition knowledge and at the same time also hit the bullseye with the social programme.

Christina Nieuwoudt
SASPEN President

CCSSA Committee
Fathima Paruk – Chair
Ahkter Goolam Mohammed – Vice Chair
Sooraj Motilall – Scientific Programme
Robin Green – Paediatric Programme
Isabelle Coetzee – Nursing Programme
Mammie Motiang – Treasurer
Lucy Dolo – Social Programme
Organising Committee
Lizl Veldsman – Chair
Elize Craucamp
Giana de Sousa
Scientific Committee
Anna-lena du Toit (Chair)
Lize van der Merwe
Christina Niewoudt