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CASSA Newsletter January 2012

The Executive Committee of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Society of Southern Africa recently held their annual strategic meeting and will be kick-starting...

The Executive Committee of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Society of Southern Africa recently held their annual strategic meeting and will be kick-starting the year with a number of great initiatives.

Website

CASSA has changed to a new webmaster and the website can now be the educational and communication portal it was intended to be.

CASSA members can look forward to an events calendar highlighting all CASSA educational programmes, as well as events hosted by our corporate member partners.

Interesting articles, assistance in dealing with funders, a GP’s corner and a patient section dealing with frequently asked questions, are more features that will make a regular visit to www.cassa.co.za worthwhile.

Information pertaining to the accreditation of ICD practitioners and other international guidelines can be found on the ‘Guidelines and Recommendations’ page.

The site will be updated regularly, so visit the CASSA website often to stay abreast of what is happening in the field of cardiac rhythm management.

ICD Accreditation

CASSA launched the accreditation of ICD practitioners in 2011 for practitioners implanting basic ICDs for primary prevention and clinicians who would like to apply are invited to contact the CASSA office for more information.

The accreditation process consists of three parts:

  1. Attending a CASSA accredited course (see list of available courses below)
  2. Passing a CASSA administered test. This test will be written once a year at the SA Heart Congress.
  3. Practical implantation in consultation with a mentor.

The complete set of guidelines for the accreditation process is available here.

Available Accreditation Courses for 2012:

Medtronic

27 &28 Jan 2012 Module 1: ICD principles in clinical practice  JHB
24&25 Feb 2012 Module 2: Overcoming challenges in ICD Follow-up  JHB
 20 & 21 April Module 1: ICD principles in clinical practice  JHB
25 & 26 May 2012 Module 2: Overcoming challenges in ICD Follow-up  JHB
14 & 15 Sept Module 1: ICD principles in clinical practice  JHB
19 & 20 Oct 2012 Module 2: Overcoming challenges in ICD Follow-up  JHB

Boston Scientific

28&29 March 2012 Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators –from device features to clinical practice Paris, France
5&6 September2012 Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators –from device features to clinical practice Paris, France
14&15 November 2012 Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators –from device features to clinical practice Paris, France

Amayeza Abantu

Dates to follow

Biotronik

Dates to follow

Teaching of EP and pacing in South Africa

As the special interest group of SA Heart dealing with this, CASSA will be conducting a survey of what is happening in the cardiology training institutions in South Africa in terms of EP and Pacing. The results of this survey will be compared to international standards. It is important to ensure that Cardiac electrophysiology, together with ECGs and cardiac rhythm devices are recognized as being part of mainstream cardiology and that training in cardiology in South Africa reflects this.

Educational Progammes

SA Heart 2012

As every year, CASSA will be involved in the academic programme at the annual congress of the South African Heart Association.
The following sessions are being planned:

Wednesday 18 July 2012, Jhb: Dinner meeting with Prof Karl-Heinz Kuck where he will be showcasing some of his more challenging EP cases

Friday 20 July 2012, Sun City: CASSA parallel session. During this session Prof Kuck will give two 30 minute lectures, after which he will comment on cases presented by local electrophysiologists.

Many Faces of AF National Symposium

Back by popular demand, CASSA will again host the very popular Many Faces of AF National Symposium with meetings in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg and the possibility of satellite meetings elsewhere  This event is diarized for the end of October 2012.

General Practitioners

This year, CASSA will join forces with two of our corporate member companies, i.e. Medtronic and Boehringer-Ingelheim to educate GP’s around the country on atrial fibrillation.

Medical Aids

Often an audience overlooked when education is done, CASSA is proud to announce that it will again have a presence at the annual congress of the Medical Advisors Group in August in Cape Town, where it will have the opportunity to educate Medical Advisors of most of the medical aids in South Africa on heart rhythm disorders and their treatment protocols.

Medical Aids and the issue of Non-funding of certain treatments

For the past year, CASSA has been very involved in interactions with some of the big medical schemes and administrators in South Africa to ensure proper funding for cardiac rhythm treatment.

CASSA has strong support systems in place, including legal advice as well as support from the Council of Medical Schemes.  The CASSA EXCO would like to invite all its members to make use of this resource. This is, however, for CASSA members only, so, if you are not a CASSA member yet, join today!

More details on support for dealing with medical aid can be found on the website.

For more information on any of the topics above, please contact Franciska Rossouw on 082 806 1599 or franciska@cassa.co.za


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