Children's National Cardiology Team Travels to South Africa for World Congress Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Thursday, February 21, 2013

Several members of The Children's National team traveled together to South Africa to attend the 6th World Congress Pediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa, hosted by the South African Heart Association.

Our cardiology team will present on topics ranging from guides on how to start a critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening program to portable echocardiogram devices.

“Gerard Martin and I are presenting on CCHD screenings at a breakfast symposium,” said Children’s National Health System’s Elizabeth Bradshaw Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN. “We will be educating providers, teachers, and coordinators on how to start a program in their hospital.”

When not presenting, Mikula will teach providers how to perform screenings throughout the week.

“We hope to increase awareness of CCHD screening. There are currently strong efforts in the United States to mandate that all newborns are screened, so we’re hoping to spread the word internationally,” she said. “There will be representatives from all over the world, so it’s really about raising awareness of CCHD screening and congenital heart disease in general.”

Below are the other topics for all of our doctors attending the World Congress:
  • Adre Du Plessis, MBChB 
    • Fetal Brain Imaging and Pathology in Congenital Heart Disease 
    • Preoperative Evaluation of Cerebral Injury and the Risks 
    • DEBATE: Neurological Imaging is Essential for Every Newborn with Complex Critical Heart Disease
  • Craig Sable, MD 
    • Flying In, Then Building Up 
    • The Ultraportable Echo: What It Can and Cannot Do
  • Richard Levy, MD 
    • Myocardial Metabolism in Neonatal Versus Adult Hearts 
    • Pain Control in 2013
  • Richard Jonas, MD 
    • The Hybrid Norwood is a Poor Procedure 
    • Hematocrit and pH Management: The Evidence
    • The Natural History and Management of the Surgical Neo-aorta/ the Dilating Neo-aorta: What is Happening
  • Gerard Martin, MD 
    • A Practical Guide to Starting a Registry of Cardiac Procedures


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