National accolades for paediatric ICU team

01 September 2008 | Story by Newsroom

Dr Brenda Morrow and Assoc Prof Arthur Argent
Accolades: The School of Child and Adolescent Health's Dr Brenda Morrow and Assoc Prof Arthur Argent gathered awards at the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa conference.

The UCT and Red Cross Children's Hospital paediatric ICU team, led by Associate Professor Andrew Argent, have received the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) president's award.

This was presented at the annual critical care conference, hosted by the CCSSA and the South African Thoracic Society in Cape Town recently.

It is the society's highest award for contributions to critical and intensive care.

Argent also got the award for the best paper published in intensive and critical care for the last year.

Dr Brenda Morrow, a physiotherapist and postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Paediatric Critical Care and Children's Heart Disease in the School of Child and Adolescent Health, received the other publication award.

This was for the best scientific article in critical care allied health and nursing.

Morrow is on something of a roll. She was also one of the top three finalists in the Department of Science and Technology's Emerging Young Woman Scientist of the Year award.

The team also excelled in the conference presentation awards: Shaun Barnabus received the prize for the best poster, Outcomes of Children with HIV admitted to the PICU at Red Cross Children's Hospital.

Marleen Petersen, the clinical nurse mentor in the PICU, received a special commendation as runner-up in the best presentation by a junior researcher for her paper Orientation to PICU- developing a workable programme with limited time.

The conference attracted more than 800 delegates from intensive care settings in the Southern African region as well as experts from India, Brazil, Mozambique, the Netherlands, US, and the UK.

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