The 16th International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM), which is taking place at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town from 18 – 21 April 2016, is showcasing the latest emergency and trauma care in the country.

According to The South Africa Heart and Stroke Foundation, 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes occur daily in South Africa, while the latest Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) annual report shows that more than 4,500 people died on South African roads during the year 2014 -15.

As stipulated in the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, these figures emphasise the importance of proactively investing in one’s health while also relying on trusted healthcare partners by empowering emergency care teams to react quickly and effectively in hospital, on the roads or in the home environment.

Philips South Africa is using the conference to raise conversations around the importance, relevance and on-going innovation required in emergency situations, ranging from trauma to sudden cardiac arrest through their commitment to the SDG 3 targets.

Conversations will specifically focus on the SDG 3 goals to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020 and strengthening the capacity of developing countries in particular for early warning, risk reduction and management of health risks.

To demonstrate the importance of state-of-the-art emergency care technology, Philips will create an emergency simulation scenario focused on the important steps taken to protect patients’ lives through immediate vital sign monitoring and stabilisation; displaying current equipment capabilities.

Philips Africa Senior Director for Patient Care & Monitoring, Ultrasound and Value Imaging Solutions, Helen Brown, said: “As a patient moves through the continuum of care from the ambulance, emergency department, diagnostic imaging centre, Cath lab, operating room and, or critical care ward, Philips helps to manage the flow of patient information, making it available when and where it is needed to empower healthcare providers to offer better, faster care. Philips is uniquely positioned to empower healthcare professionals to attend to patients in each of these settings, as well as the home.”

“By innovating some of the most trusted patient care solutions, Philips strives to make the world healthier and more sustainable. The Philips range of emergency medicine HeartStart MRx defibrillators, Philips Sparq emergency medicine ultrasound system and IntelliVue bedside patient monitors, ensures that specialised predictive and preventative care can be a current reality, because every second counts in emergency situations,” continued Brown.

Key Philips solutions and technologies being showcased at ICEM include Philips’ range of HeartStart Automated external defibrillators (AEDs), Defibrillator and the Philips Sparq ultrasound system.

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