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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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?

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Vitamin D deficiency: could you be at risk?

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

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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.

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Born to smile

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

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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 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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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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.

Emergency

Tuberculosis

The leading cause of death and how to prevent it.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 2

Truth or tale? If you have heartburn during pregnancy, your newborn will have a full head of hair.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 6

Truth or tale? Spicy food can induce labour.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 7

Truth or tale? You’re not allowed any coffee when pregnant as it will harm your baby.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 9

Truth or tale? When pregnant, craving sweet food means it’s a girl and craving salty food means it’s a boy.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 11       

Truth or tale? You shouldn’t stroke or touch cats while pregnant.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 5

Truth or tale? When pregnant, taking a hot bath can harm your baby.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 4

Truth or tale? If your unborn baby’s heart rate is above 140bpm, it’s a girl.

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JOIN OUR PREGNANCY EDUCATION SESSIONS & LEARN THE FACTS

Join an education session near you to learn all you need to know about becoming a parent and find out which pregnancy myths are simply old wives’ tales!

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 12

Truth or tale? Sudden changes in the weather can induce labour.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 13

Truth or tale? When pregnant you should eat for two.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 10

Truth or tale? Drinking milk promotes breast milk production.

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