UKZN ANAESTHETIST RECEIVES CMSA’S PHYLLIS KNOCKER/BRADLOW AWARD

UKZN ANAESTHETIST RECEIVES CMSA’S PHYLLIS KNOCKER/BRADLOW AWARD

Dr Reitze Rodseth, an enthusiastic Lecturer and specialist in the Department of Anaesthetics at UKZN, received the Phyllis Knocker/Bradlow Award from the Senate of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA).

 

This prize is awarded to a person who has not only gained exceptional symbols in CMSA’s final fellowship examination, but whose professional career has shown and continues to show promise of a substantial contribution to basic or to clinical research, to community health, or to the advancement of any scientific or humanitarian aspect of medical or dental practice in South Africa.

 

Rodseth was awarded R45 000 in funding from CMSA towards his proposed study of 5 000 patients to evaluate the ability of postoperative NT-proBNP to predict cardiac complications in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery.

 

‘Recently, small studies have suggested that an increase in the NT-proBNP levels early after surgery will identify patients who will have a life threatening heart complication.’

 

Rodseth’s study will be conducted as a prospective international multicentre study, where 5 000 patients who have undergone surgery and who spend the night in the hospital after their surgery will be followed.

 

‘This study aims to establish the relationship between postoperative NT-proBNP elevations and major heart complications such as death or a heart attack at 30 days after surgery,’ he explained.

 

It is expected that the study will take two years to recruit all the patients and an additional year to complete the follow-up.author email : memelal@ukzn.ac.za