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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Emergency

The best things about summer are also the most dangerous

Depending on what you know, three things that make summer great could also prove fatal if you don’t know what to do in an emergency. An ER24 expert shares how to keep yourself – and your family – safe this summer.

Children up to 12

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

First Aid

Are bee stings more of a threat than snake bites during summer?

Dr Vernon Wessels, an ER24 Global Assist emergency doctor who has treated many animal and insect bites says the most common summer problems are not what you think.

Cold exposure
Conditions

Cold exposure in winter is more dangerous than you think

Being outdoors in winter can have serious health risks. In severe circumstances, you could be at risk for contracting hypothermia. Here’s how to ensure you stay safe.

car accident
Emergency

Reduce the risk of a car accident in winter (and in general)

The sad reality is that South Africa has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the world. Poor vehicle maintenance and human error increase the chance you’ll be involved in an accident. Here are the most common hazards – and how to deal with them.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
Emergency

Are you sure your home is fireproof?

ER24 paramedics are often called out to attend to injuries caused by household fires – and in winter the prevalence increases. Be aware of the risk factors for fires and

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #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
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #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
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

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.

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

Emergency 101

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.

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

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