Healthy Life

From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Emergency

What does triage mean?

‘Triage is a clinically proven method of categorising medical cases by how serious they are,’ says Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

Emergency

24 hours in the emergency centre

A day in the life of Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

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Why am I tired all the time?

If you’ve felt exhausted for longer than six months – and your doctor has ruled out any other causes – you might be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

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IBS versus GORD

Tummy complaints are common. But how do you know if it’s IBS, GORD or both?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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 prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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The history of antidepressants

The search to find a cure for mood disorders mirrors a journey deep into the workings of the brain.

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Chronic versus acute inflammation

Inflammation is a word bandied about quite often by health food shops and is equally the subject of much scientific study and debate. Here’s what you really need to know about inflammation.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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 trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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First Aid

‘I’ve never questioned my decision to help those in need’

Dr Melanie Erasmus is a Mediclinic Emergency Centre GP and virtual consultant who helps addicts on the road to recovery. She shares how medicine is part of her DNA.

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‘It’s about more than just making someone feel better’

Mediclinic Professional Nurse, Keren Schwartz says her profession gives her a deep sense of purpose.

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The nurse who is afraid of injections

Thokozile Mkhize was studying to be a nurse when she collapsed while watching the sisters insert a drip. Now, she regards her fear of needles as her nursing superpower.

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‘Nursing is in my genes’

Mediclinic Professional Nurse, Karen Briton, says you have to love what you’re doing if you’re a nurse.

Emergency

‘Growing up in hospitals taught me a love for medicine’

Robin Axelson, a Professional Nurse at a Mediclinic Emergency Centre in the Western Cape, says the small everyday miracles, such as the look of relief when a patient feels better, makes her see her job as part of her destiny.

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‘How could I help if I wasn’t a nurse?’

Hilary De Ronde, a nurse in the Mediclinic Constantiaberg Emergency Centre (EC), believes she can’t do without the pace and action of her work environment. But what first got her into nursing was an overwhelming urge to help people, and a desire to have a career that her daughter could be proud of.

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Hand washing: what’s the fuss?

Studies have shown that proper hand washing can prevent one in three diarrheal-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. While it’s never nice to get sick, in rare cases, complications from infectious diseases can also make one severely ill or result in hospitalisation.

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Destined to be a doctor [Video]

From an early age, Natalie brought home stray animals and nursed them back to health. Her parents say she was destined to be a doctor. Dr Natalie Hobbs, Emergency Centre Head at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains why helping people in their darkest hour is not just a job for her.

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Asthma vs allergies: what’s the difference?

Asthma is estimated to affect 20% of South African schoolchildren and up to 10% of adults. With allergies reportedly on the rise, it is important to understand the link between asthma and allergies.

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Asthma: activities that increase your child’s risk for asthma attacks

Asthma is the third leading cause of the hospitalisation of children in South Africa, today. But many children who are affected lead a completely normal life, provided their asthma is correctly diagnosed, treated and controlled.

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‘I am destined to be an Emergency Medicine Specialist’

Mediclinic Vergelegen emergency doctor Laurica Bailey explains why her profession is a vocation – and how she knew it was always what she wanted to be.

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