First Aid

What you need to know on first-aid kits and how to treat a wound, plus how to spot symptoms for certain illnesses.

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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.

First Aid

How to prevent contracting malaria during your next holiday

Travelling to high-risk malaria areas in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and areas of Kwazulu-Natal for your holiday this year? Mediclinic malaria expert Dr Stefan Basson explains why taking malaria medication and employing other personal preventative measures is a non-negotiable.

First Aid

Poisonous plants: what to look out for

Do you know whether there are poisonous plants among your daisy bushes? This infographic shows you what to look out for and what to do in an emergency.

Babies

Choosing a safe car seat

We look at the safest car seats for your baby or child, from rear-facing to reclining options and include information on installation options like ISOFIX.

Exercise

How to avoid common mountain biking injuries

Whether you’re a Cape Epic cross-country rider or a downhill extremist, if you’re out on your mountain bike you could run the risk of a range of injuries. Here’s a look at the most common ones, and how to prevent them happening.

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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • 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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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Babies

How to treat common bites and stings

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

Emergency

How to avoid sunstroke

Our infographic looks at what causes sunstroke, who is most at risk and how to prevent it this summer.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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 expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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First Aid

First-aid essentials
for the outdoors

Have a look at our infographic to see what to pack in your first-aid outdoors kit before your camping trip, hike or outdoor adventure.

Emergency

The basics on burns and how to treat them

The causes of burns are wide-ranging – but do you know how to identify the severity of a burn or how to treat it? An ER24 Critical Care paramedic tells us more.

Emergency

Common household injuries – and how to treat them

An ER24 Critical Care paramedic gives his top tips on how to treat the three most common household mishaps, and when to seek medical assistance.

Emergency

How to: describe your pain

Since we all experience pain totally differently, it’s extremely difficult to explain what hurts – and how badly – to anyone. We’ve put together a rough guide to explaining your pain to a doctor in the shortest, most effective way possible…

First Aid

Food poisoning vs tummy bug

Dr Brauer gives his advice on telling the difference between holiday food poisoning and getting a tummy bug… and what to do about it

Expert Articles

Travel first-aid kit

We asked Dr Marcus Brauer to assist us with compiling a comprehensive travel first aid kit for the summer holidays.

Emergency

SOS – part two: identifying emergencies

Dr Brian Gutuza, the head of the emergency centre at Mediclinic Cape Town tells us how to spot a potentially dangerous situation.

Emergency

SOS – part one: dealing with emergencies

Did you know? If you’ve burnt your hand on the stove, don’t sooth the burn with ice or frozen peas. The freezing is harmful to your skin.

Children up to 12

Burn treatment

If you’ve burnt your hand, here’s how to administer treatment and when to see your doctor.

Expert Articles

First-aid kits

Here’s a checklist for what to have in your first-aid kit.

Emergency

A car accident: now what?

Tips on how to deal with an road-accident emergency.

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