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Hand hygiene: 5 things dirtier than your toilet seat

Germs and bacteria lie in wait in some unexpected places. Here’s how to find and eliminate them before they sneak up on you with our tips on effective general and hand hygiene.

Baby Neave: youngest person in Africa to receive cochlear implant
Babies

Baby Neave: youngest in Africa to receive cochlear implant

Neave Barrett was born deaf. Today she is a talking, singing, bouncing, hearing toddler.

Healthy Life

Do we need endless clinical codes when we get sick?

Each time you are informed that a hospital admission is on the cards, you are provided with endless clinical codes relating to your admission. But what do they actually mean?

nose bleeds
Conditions

Nosebleeds: Is my child’s nosebleed serious?

Although a bleeding nose can be a scary thing for both you and your child, there’s usually no reason to worry.

Babies

Sleep time: what’s happening in your baby’s brain? [Video]

This may look like a nap but there’s something going on in your baby’s brain that is probably as critical to your baby’s development as good nutrition.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Babies

Why autistic girls are often undiagnosed

Ongoing research suggests that girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to camouflage their symptoms than boys. This means they are not being accurately diagnosed – and are not getting the help they need.

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Healthy Life

Vitamin D deficiency: could you be at risk?

Many people living in sunny countries experience vitamin D deficiency. We look at why this is.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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cancer survivor
Healthy Life

Lessons in love – and cancer

Having survived cancer four times, Mediclinic patient, Lauren Segal was inspired to write a book about her experience – and recovery. She tells us more.

Cleft lip and palate surgery
Healthy Life

Born to smile

Cleft lip and palate surgery performed on baby Bryan, sees him smiling broadly for his parents less than two years later.

Healthy Life

Anaesthetics: what to expect

It’s normal to be afraid to go under anaesthetics during a surgery, even though the risk of something unusual happening is relatively low. We answer some frequently asked questions about anaesthetics.

Conditions

What is bipolar disorder?

Not easily identified, bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder that affects between 1% and 3% of the global population.

Healthy Life

Vaccinations – not only for babies!

Every few years new vaccinations become available. That means there are now life-saving vaccinations available that were not offered to you as a child.

Magazine

Wonder woman Magda Wierzycka’s battle with rheumatoid arthritis

Magda Wierzycka has overcome many obstacles, including a serious medical condition, to reach the top.

Magazine

Could your child have haemophilia?

When a person is injured and a blood vessel is damaged, blood platelets rush to the area to stem the bleeding. They release chemicals that activate a series of proteins, or clotting factors, which form a clot, eventually forming another protein, fibrin, to develop the mesh that will help the area heal. But  children with haemophilia aren’t so lucky.

Cardiology

Charissa Worthmann: competitive gymnast despite arrhythmia diagnosis

Charissa Worthmann has become a competitive gymnast, despite living with arrhythmia – a congenital heart condition characterised by an irregular heart rate.

Emergency

Tuberculosis

The leading cause of death and how to prevent it.

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A team 15 years in the making for the Absa Cape Epic

When the first Epic riders left the starting gate in 2004, Mediclinic event support consisted of three nurses and three doctors. With roughly 600 riders in the field, the team

Cape Epic

A century of care – nurses to be proud of

The Mediclinic events team have reached their Epic century as they start the 2018 event. The team, consisting of doctors, nurses, logistic staff and pathology together have served on 100

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