Pulmonology

Our pulmonologists offer expert advice on all things related to the respiratory tract.

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Can you get epilepsy from a tapeworm?

Eating raw or undercooked pork is highly risky for your health, not only because of the likelihood of bacteria in the meat, but also for the chance of picking up tapeworm.

Conditions

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) treatment can help premature babies avoid life-long lung problems

About half of preterm babies develop Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. We look at lung problems in pre-term babies as well as the current treatment modalities (options) available in South Africa.

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Asthma: it can be controlled

Do you know enough about asthma? Find out with this infographic.

Conditions

Treating pneumonia

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but proper treatment can greatly improve outcomes for most patients. We speak to a Mediclinic pulmonologist about the symptoms, causes and best treatment for different types of pneumonia.

Conditions

Exercise and asthma

Exercise is a common trigger for asthma symptoms, but asthma shouldn’t be a reason to avoid exercise. Proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan can help asthma sufferers enjoy the many benefits of appropriate exercise.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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Can your body heal after smoking?

Need a reason to quit smoking? A Mediclinic pulmonologist explains how long it takes to recover.

Healthy Life

How the lungs work

Ever wondered how your lungs work? With a total of 2 400km of airways running through both your lungs, they have a large job to do keeping you breathing and your blood oxygenated. Here’s a closer look.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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Are you having a pulmonary embolism?

Probably not. But that nagging cough that you have might be a cold, or it might be something far more serious. To make sure you know the difference, learn the symptoms and risk factors for pulmonary embolism.

Healthy Life

Why should you give up smoking?

There are many reasons why people claim that they can’t (or won’t) give up smoking. They say it relaxes them; it gives their restless hands something to do; it even replaces food sometimes when they’d rather not risk gaining a kilo…

Expert Articles

Treatment or cure? An approach to cystic fibrosis

What do you do when you’re faced with a disease or condition that can’t be cured? Dr Ignatius Immink of Mediclinic George, who recently worked with a cystic fibrosis patient, recommends changing the focus from searching – breathlessly – for a cure, and looking at treatment instead.

Conditions

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis

Dr Dalene von Delt talks about multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, from which she has fully recovered.

Children up to 12

Your child and asthma

Understanding childhood asthma.

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