ISCAP Newsflash: Cape Town's first workshop

  • August 20, 2012 | Dianne Kerrigan – Chairperson: ISCAP

On 18 August, I was fortunate to be able to travel to Cape Town to join the ISCAP chapter, for their first workshop. I would like to congratulate the committee for being the first region to host a workshop.

It was held at Panorama Hospital and Liezel le Grange showed me their Cath Lab Complex. They have three labs and the layout is organised. I am very envious of the panoramic view of Table Mountain from their tea room. 

The turnout of staff was approximately 60. They arrived in good spirits early on a Saturday morning. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement, and they were eager to learn!

Liezel gave the introduction. The first session was entitled “Back to Basics”. The audience ranged from cath lab staff, to staff from wards and ICU. They were from both public and private hospitals.

The first speaker was Mel Winters, who works at Groote Schuur. She gave an excellent talk on ECGs. It was easy to understand and well presented.

This was followed by Magda Petersen, who runs Tygerburg Cath Lab. She gave an entertaining and interesting overview of what happens when a hyper-acute myocardial infarction comes into the lab.

After the talks, I was able to meet and talk to some of the committee members. It was a great experience for me and I was made to feel very welcome.

The greatest realisation is that we all talk and understand the same language. It’s time to share that voice through knowledge.

Well done Cape Town and thank you.


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