9th Africa Society Blood Transfusion Congress 2018

9th Africa Society Blood Transfusion Congress 2018

SSEM Mthembu Medical recently participated in the 9th Africa Society Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) Congress in Arusha, Tanzania.  

Africa Health 2018 Exhibition

Africa Health 2018

The SSEM team together with our international partners - Steelco, Hamilton Medical, Fanem, and Nihon Kohden, attended the Africa Health 2018 exhibition at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Creating High Customer Value

Creating High Customer Value

Nihon Kohden Middle East recently held their annual partners meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Create High Customer Value” ...

SAALAS International Conference

SAALAS International Conference

The SAALAS (South African Association for Laboratory Animal Science) International Conference 2017 took place at beautiful Spier Farm in Cape Town from 1 November to 3 November.

SATS Conference 2017

SATS Conference 2017

The 19th National SATS Congress took place at the world class Century City Conference Centre from 22 – 25 August 2017.

Hamilton Medical launches new high-end ventilator for critical care


With the new HAMILTON-C6*, Hamilton Medical, expands its portfolio in the high-end ventilation segment and ushers in the next generation of intelligent and versatile ICU ventilators for all patient population.

Nelson Mandela Day 2017

Nelson Mandela Day 2017

The 18th of July marks the birthday of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Africa Health 2017


The country's biggest healthcare exhibition kicked off on the 8th of June 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg.

SASA Western Cape Update Meeting


SSEM Mthembu Medical recently partook in the SASA Western Cape Update Meeting which was held the scenic Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town.

27th Regional Congress of the ISBT Copenhagen Denmark


SSEM Mthembu Medical recently attended the 27th Regional Congress of the ISBT in beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark.

SASA Congress 2017


The SASA congress is an annual event that is dedicated to the discipline of Anaesthesia at both Academic and Clinical level.

Sean Chetty – 2017 Winner of the SSEM Mthembu Academic Prize


SSEM Mthembu Medical Academic Award for 2017 announced.

SASA Congress 2016


SSEM Mthembu Medical attended the SASA Congress 2016 from 26 February to 1 March 2016 in Bloemfontein.

SA National Blood Transfusion Congress 2015


SSEM Mthembu Medical recently participated in the 33rd National Blood Transfusion Congress...

Mr Maurits van den Berg wins SSEM Mthembu academic prize


Mr Maurits van den Berg wins SSEM Mthembu academic prize.

SSEM Congress Calendar

October 2018

SA Heart Congress
Sun City, NW
4 - 7 Oct 2018


CNSSA Congress
Kloofzicht Lodge, GP
12 - 14 Oct 2018


WCIM Congress 
Cape Town ICC, WC
18 - 21 Oct 2018


November 2018

PACSA Congress
Vineyard Hotel, CPT
9 - 11 Nov 2018

The winner of the SSEM Mthembu Medical Academic award presented at SASA 2012 is Dr. Edwin van Broekhoven of the University of Botswana. Dr. Broekhoven practises at the Mahalapye Hospital, about 200km from Gaborone.

The topic and abstract of his winning research presentation is:

Burden of critical illness in a district hospital in Botswana and the use of an early warning score to identify these patients.

Exerpt from Research Abstract:

"District hospitals in Botswana have no intensive care units (ICU). Critically ill patients are sent to one of two referral hospitals with a total of 15 ICU beds for a population of 2 million. Mahalapye has a 270-bed district hospital without an ICU that also functions as a referral hospital for orthopaedic surgery for the north of Botswana . We sought to determine the prevalence of critical illness in the hospital that would be likely to be in need of an ICU."


"A total of 826 patients were admitted during the study period with an overall mortality of 8.1%. 172 (21%) patients had EWS of 3 or more, of whom 63 (36.6%) died. Of those with a score of 3 or more 6 were referred but none were admitted to an intensive care unit. 3 Of them subsequently died in the referral hospital. 654 Patients had a EWS of 2 or less, of those patients 4 (0.6%) died. Most of the patients that died during the prospective study period were identified as high risk patients with the EWS (94%)."

Congratulations Dr. Broekhoven!