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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How to avoid common mountain biking injuries

Posted on 9 February 2017

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.

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How to treat common bites and stings

Posted on 8 February 2017

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.

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How to avoid sunstroke

Posted on 23 December 2016

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

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First-aid essentials
for the outdoors

Posted on 23 December 2016

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
    #MediclinicFacts
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The basics on burns and how to treat them

Posted on 26 August 2016

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.

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Common household injuries – and how to treat them

Posted on 18 August 2016

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Emergency 101

Posted on 6 January 2016

There are many conditions that aren’t serious but can also be considered emergencies. You should visit an emergency centre if a medical or surgical condition exits that will deteriorate if it’s not treated. Here are some to take note of.

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How to: describe your pain

Posted on 29 April 2015

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…

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Food poisoning vs tummy bug

Posted on 13 January 2015

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

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Travel first-aid kit

Posted on 11 December 2014

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

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SOS – part two: identifying emergencies

Posted on 4 November 2014

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

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SOS – part one: dealing with emergencies

Posted on 10 September 2014

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.

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Burn treatment

Posted on 7 January 2014

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

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First-aid kits

Posted on 19 December 2013

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

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A car accident: now what?

Posted on 12 December 2013

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

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Keep safe this holiday: tips from an emergency centre doctor

Posted on 10 December 2013

Here are some of the most common medical mishaps over the summer holidays and how to avoid them.

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Treat the pain of a sprain

Posted on 21 December 2009

Sooner or later, it’s bound to happen. You sprain your ankle, wrist, elbow or even your knee – but what exactly have you done?

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Dealing with an emergency

Posted on 22 July 2009

No one wants to imagine having to deal with emergencies. But you can be a lifesaver if you know what to do and are able to help. Emergencies need quick

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Safety in the kitchen

Posted on 2 September 2008

The kitchen is the heart of the home. But it is also the room in the house where most accidents happen. What should you look out for?

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Eyes: first aid

Posted on 2 September 2008

Eye injuries may be caused by a foreign object or chemical entering the eye, or a blow to the eye. Here’s what to do to prevent further damage to this delicate organ.

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Diabetes: first aid

Posted on 23 April 2008

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening state that occurs when blood glucose levels are extremely high. Diabetics are also at risk of dangerously low blood glucose levels.

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