Pulmonology

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

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Pulmonology

TB: Everything you need to know

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa. And while statistics show that the mortality rate of tuberculosis has actually declined since 2009, the disease continues to remain a high burden on the country’s medical resources.

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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.

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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.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • 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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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.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • 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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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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.

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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.

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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

Every breath you take

Without realising it, most of us take between 12 and 20 breaths per minute. But what happens when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and your lungs can’t function

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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